Taylor Brantley was a junior at Mojave High School when he was shot and killed on school grounds. He was 16 years old. His family spoke to Action News Saturday afternoon.
On our way to their home, we were told that Taylor’s mother wanted to speak and let the community know that her son was a good kid. When we arrived, those memories got the best of her, and she couldn’t talk. All she could do was cry.
The victim’s aunt, Twila Oliver, spoke on the family’s behalf.
"He was an amazing kid,” she told Action News. “He was really funny. He was really popular. He was bright in school. His passion was basketball and he was really good at math."
Police say the shots were fired at around 4 p.m. after a fight broke out. Taylor's family says the fight had nothing to do with him.
"Taylor wasn't the target,” said Oliver. “Taylor just happened to be standing there in the wrong place at the wrong time."
Police say there were at least 40 people watching the chaos as the shooter opened fire. Taylor’s family is convinced that someone saw the shooter and has information that would lead to an arrest.
"There is someone out there that knows," Oliver tells Action News.
"We're not going to mourn him,” she said. “We're going to celebrate. We're going to celebrate his life."
The North Las Vegas Police Department is leading the investigation, and they do not have a suspect in custody.
The Brantley family has a GoFundMe page for help with funeral expenses.