LAKELAND, Fla. – In light of the tragic death of 17-year-old Taigur Taguri who was shot and killed near Gordon Heights Park in Bartow on Monday, a GoFundMe fundraiser has been set up for his memorial.
“Taigur is my son, but he’s a grandson, cousin, big brother, and amazing friend. Anyone that knew him knew he had the biggest heart in the world and would do anything for anyone. He had plans to graduate early in December and attend vocational welding school. He had so many plans for the future and his life was cut so short. He was ambushed and shot to death by multiple assailants over a handful of marijuana,” said Leila Taguri, Taigur’s mom.
Polk County Sheriff Homicide detectives have arrested two 16-year-old suspects in the homicide of 17-year-old Taigur Taguri – both suspects have been charged with first degree murder, along with other felonies. At least two other suspects are still at large.
Based upon interviews with witnesses, suspects, and others, and evidence collected so far in the investigation, at around 9:40 p.m. on Monday, June 7, 2021, Taguri drove to Gordon Heights Park near Bartow with the intention of selling marijuana to someone with whom he was communicating on social media. He was accompanied by a female.
When Taguri arrived at the park, he stopped his truck. Several unknown black male suspects approached the truck. One suspect opened the driver’s door, and another suspect opened the passenger side door. During this time Taguri was heard saying “no” and “don’t.” Multiple shots were fired at Taguri by both suspects. The passenger was not injured. A total of 3-4 suspects are believed to be involved.
After being shot, Taguri accelerated, and the truck crashed into a fence then came to a stop against some playground equipment. The suspects fled in an unknown direction. The passenger called 911 and another witness in the area called 911. When first responders arrived on-scene, Taguri was deceased.
“Taigur’s 17 years old and didn’t deserve what happened. It was a senseless crime. He will be forever missed. These funds will go to help pay for his service and memorial and expenses. Anything extra will be dispersed for scholarships to honor his name to continue to help people like he would do and to help other people achieve the dreams that he will not be able to finish his himself,” said Leila Taguri.
Leila Taguri Modetz will manage the funds and disperse accordingly.
To donate to this memorial, please click here to be redirected to the fundraiser page.
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