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“The most horrible feeling in the world”: Mother recalls daughter’s murder

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21)- A victim's mother says each day feels like the day she first heard the heartbreaking news about her daughter.

On December 22nd, police say 18-year-old Dominique Taylor was shot at Villa Capri Apartments. Her mother, Brandy Parrish, says its a day she will never forget.

"I guess its the most horrible feeling in the world to get a phone call in the middle of the night that something tragic has happened to your daughter," Parrish said.

On that day, Parrish's life changed because the girl that meant the world to her was no longer in it.

"My daughter was 18 years old with a huge future,she had so many dreams…so many things she wanted to do….and just to have her life taken away like it meant nothing to anybody," Parrish said.

Police arrested 16-year-old Seneca James for the murder. James is facing a murder and gun charge and will be tried as an adult.

Court documents say James lured Taylor to the Villa Capri Apartments after a fight. A witness told police she saw two boys shoot Taylor through the windshield of her car.

Parrish says even though police believe they found the boy who did this, it doesn't make the pain of losing her go away.

"It doesn't ease the pain of a loss of your child. Hearing that somebody's incarcerated they still get to talk and they still get to see their families, they get to still be alive, my daughter is gone," Parrish said.

That day while others prepared for Christmas with their families, Parrish and her family were broken.

"We didn't have Christmas, there was no joy in that home. There are Christmas presents still sitting there, what do you do with those? You're just stuck," Parrish said.

Seneca James will learn when his trial will begin, Thursday. When that time comes, Parrish says she and her family will be there to see justice for Taylor.

"I'll stand there to see justice for my daughter and these individuals involved will have to answer for their actions that night that took my daughter's life," Parrish said.

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Arielle Cadet

Arielle Cadet joined WPTA in August 2019. The Atlanta, Georgia native graduated from the University of Missouri and serves as Weekend Anchor/MMJ for ABC21. Feel free to connect with her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or shoot her an email at

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