The slain Houston teen’s mother and aunt say they can’t understand the judge’s decision – and now they’re fearing for their own safety, they told FOX 26 of Houston.
“When I found he actually turned himself in, it gave me a bit of relief. OK, he’s off the streets,” said Taylor’s mother. She and the aunt asked FOX 26 not to disclose their names.
The suspect charged in the case, identified as 18-year-old Omari Sykes, was an admitted gang member, the station reported.
“He chased my baby down like he was an animal, just because he was in a fight,” the victim’s mother claimed.
But just days after the killing, Harris County Criminal District Court Judge Hilary Unger freed Sykes on a $100,000 bond, according to the station.
“Judge Hilary Unger, my heart is so broken right now. You allowed this criminal, this coward, a bond to be set free,” Taylor’s mother said.
“Judge Hilary Unger, my heart is so broken right now. You allowed this criminal, this coward, a bond to be set free.”
“You failed us,” Taylor’s aunt added, referring to the judge. “You’re a failure at your job.”
The aunt expressed sympathy for others who’ve been the victims of similar crimes.
“I’ve never been involved in anything like this in my life,” she said, “and my heart goes out to people who have.”
Andy Kahan of Crimestoppers Houston, who was serving as a spokesman for the family, said family members were hoping to get the suspect’s bond revoked, Houston’s KPRC-TV reported.