FORT RILEY, Kan. (WIBW) -- A memorial service was held Thursday on Fort Riley for Sergeant Ronald Evans Taylor, the 28-year-old Fort Riley soldier who was shot and killed in Ogden last month.
The service was held at 11 AM at the Morris Hill Chapel on post. Taylor's family made the ten hour trip from his hometown in Wheatfield, Indiana and joined members of his unit, the 299th Brigade Support Battalion, and other soldiers that he served with in remembering his life and service to our country. Sergeant Taylor's mother invited WIBW to attend the ceremony but our cameras were not allowed inside.
Taylor, an Army X-Ray technician and father of a young boy, was shot to death Friday October 14th, 2011 just a few blocks away from where he lived off post in Ogden.
After he was shot, Taylor’s white Dodge Neon slammed into a house on Walnut Street, lodging into the structure. When officers pulled up, they found neighbors trying to help Taylor and giving him CPR. He was rushed to Irwin Army Community Hospital on Fort Riley where he was pronounced dead. Authorities are not releasing where Taylor was shot or how many times he was shot. Taylor's family believes he was trying to get away from the shooter after he'd been shot and ended up losing control of his car due to his injuries.
Several days after the murder, detectives released a profile of the man they believe shot Sergeant Taylor, saying they need the public's help in identifying him. He's described as a black man, 5'8"-6', 180 lbs., 25-35 years old with a completely bald head , mustache and beard who may have been wearing a green jacket at the time of the shooting.
Investigators said they could not comment on whether or not Taylor might have known his killer. Witnesses in the area helped them come up with the description of the suspect.
Nearly a month later, Riley County police remain tight-lipped on the deadly shooting. They have not released any details on the events leading up to the murder or shed any light on a possible motive. The suspect in the sketch has not been identified and an arrest has not been made.
Captain Jeff Hooper, who oversees the Riley County Police Department's Investigative Division provided 13 News with the following statement on the status of the investigation into Taylor's death: "We continue to interview witnesses and friends of the victim. We are still following several possible leads. We are hopeful that one of these leads will break the case for us. This case remains a top priority for RCPD."
In an interview with WIBW shortly after the fatal shooting, Taylor's mother, retired Colonel Allison Keeley, said: "Please keep up the effort because Evans was loved by so many people down here. He was a good soldier and I miss my boy. I was a good man. He was a good father to his son Riley, a good brother as well. I do miss my son. We don’t know why whoever killed him did so. There would be no reason. Why would you shoot him? Why would you hurt my son? Please come forward with any information that you have. He was a medical x-ray technician, served two tours in Iraq, just got home in June and was being out processed by the military and was coming back home to Indiana to be with his son and with me. That was the plan. He was going to come home in just a couple of months so why would you shoot him? Why would you hurt my boy?"
Taylor's mother told 13 News that he was promoted to the rank of sergeant posthumously. He joined the Army in 2008.
Anyone with information about Taylor or the events of this incident is urged to call Detective Richard Lewis at 785-537-2112 x. 3050. You may also use one of the Crime Stopper avenues:
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