Victim’s mom ‘overjoyed’ by charges in NY Chicken homicides

Juwan Malik Mosley-James (left) and Lawrence Shannon Scott (right).
Juwan Malik Mosley-James (left) and Lawrence Shannon Scott (right).

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Two men have been arrested and charged in the death of a man who was shot and killed outside the New York Fried Chicken restaurant in late October 2013.

Dominick Deangelo Floyd was found in the parking lot of New York Fried Chicken around 12:45 a.m. on October 31, 2013.

Delorian Alexander Taylor was also found shot to death in the same parking lot at the same time that morning.

Both suffered gunshot wounds and were taken to area hospitals.

They were pronounced dead later that morning.

Police said they do not believe that the two shootings are related.

On Friday, authorities announced charges against two people believed to be involved in the shooting that left Floyd dead.

23-year-old Lawrence Shannon Scott was charged with Second Degree Murder, Felony Firearm, Felon in Possession, and being a Habitual Offender. Scott is currently in the custody of Michigan Department of Corrections on an unrelated conviction.

19-year-old Juwan Malik Mosley-James was charged with Discharge of a Firearm from a Motor Vehicle and Carrying a Concealed Weapon.

Jacqueline Kelley, Floyd’s mother, found out Friday morning about the arrests.

“I was just so overjoyed. Thank you, I think the Grand Rapids Police Department and the detective team. They detected it, they got him. And I just thank the Lord for that. I’m going to have some closure now,” Kelley said.

All along police have said they believe Floyd was an innocent bystander in the shooting.

“You know its really a tragedy that he just walked up there and shot my son like that.”

It was nearly 15-years-ago that Kelley lost another son also to gun violence.

His killer has never been caught.

“If somebody kills your child, you want to kill them for sure. But you have to keep praying, keep praying. So I don’t know how I’m going to act I just really don’t. Just to look at him, there go that anger, there go that anger.”

Kelley says the loss of her second son significantly changed her life.

“I got closer to God. If it wasn’t for me praying and people praying for me, I don’t think I would make it. Prayer does work.”

Kelley said she knows one day she will come face to face with the man police say killed her son. When that day does come she said she doesn’t know how she will react or what she will say to him.

“But you know Genesis nine says ‘whoever sheds blood from another human being he too shall die at the hands of another man. So he got it coming.’ Ain’t nothing I’m going to do or nothing like that. It’s what the lord said.”

Kelley said she has already forgiven the man police say killed her son. But she also said she will never forget what he did.

“By right you are supposed to forgive. That is what the Bible say. But I will never forget, never. He tore my family up.”

She also has a message for parents.

“I wish the parents that have kids in street gangs, they need to sit down and talk to them. Parents need to communicate more with their kids. Teach them some structure.”

Friday she got the news she had waited six months for, her sons alleged killer had been caught.

“I’m happy, I’m happy right now. I’m happy. Because we got one less murderer off the street, a gun off the street. And there were two of them so two guns and two men are gone.”

Both men will be arraigned next week.

 

 

 

 

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