Details Coming to Light About Alleged Double Shooter
34 year old Ricard Walter Taylor of East Lansing now stands officially charged with the murders of two people during a shooting rampage that spanned two cities. But reports indicate the suspected killer had a promising future until things changed a few months ago.
MLive.com is reporting today that the man suspected of the killing Monday of a Rite Aid pharmacist in Lansing and a neighbor in East Lansing attended a private college in Illinois, worked as a security guard for Michigan State University, and loved classical music.
A Facebook post back in December seemed to come from someone would could never let frustration turn to violence. "Has Anyone ever been in a fit of Rage or Anger over something out of their control?? Well try listening to some Classical Music over a hot cup of tea while chillen with Loved ones....trust me it Works!"
Not only did Taylor enjoy listening to the classics, according those who know him, he was also an accomplished musician himself.
"He was a really brilliant drummer. He was jazz-musician good," said Paul Bennett, who got to know Ricard as "The Deacon" at open mic nights in the Lansing and East Lansing areas.
Bennett described Taylor as being a fun guy and a good listener. He said he was saddened by news of his arrest but not totally surprised. "A couple of months ago he started getting jittery, started tweaking...and then didn't come around anymore."
Taylor was ordered held without bond in the Ingham County jail pending his next court appearance later this month. He has jet to give any indication of a possible motive for the attacks, although police have been clear the crimes were not random acts of violence.
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