Breonna Taylor Wiki – Breonna Taylor Biography
Breonna Taylor was a 26-year-old Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) who was shot and killed by Louisville Metro Police officers on March 13 during a raid on her home where her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, was also sleeping.
Breonna Taylor Early Life
Taylor was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on June 5, 1993, to Tamika Palmer and Trory Herrod, according to her obituary. She graduated from Western High School in 2011 and went on to study at the University of Kentucky.
Breonna Taylor Career EMT
Taylor became an EMT for the city of Louisville, and she also worked at two local hospitals. Taylor was a full-time ER Technician for the University of Louisville Jewish Hospital and she was a PRN (as needed) for Norton Healthcare.
Breonna Taylor Facebook
On her Facebook page, Taylor described her love for being able to help others. “Working in health care is so rewarding! It makes me so happy when I know I’ve made a difference in someone else’s life!” she said.
Breonna Taylor Death
According to reports from the local WDRB TV station, officers from the Louisville Metro Police Department’s Criminal Interdiction Division used a battering ram to break down the door and rushed into the house on Springfield Drive at 1 a.m., waking Taylor and her boyfriend, Walker. Walker shot at the officers, wounding one, and the three who entered some 22 shots fired back, according to Eggert, Walker’s defense attorney; Taylor was shot eight times and died.
After her death, she even received condolences from EMTs who didn’t know her, such as one left by Ohio EMT Marcus Santoli:
I only heard about Breonna this morning, we have never met nor even knew of each other, but she is considered a Sister. I am an EMT from Ohio and I can’t help but also feel this terrible loss. She clearly loved her community and had a blossoming passion to help it. She dedicated her livelihood to the preservation of her neighbors and for the intense training and extremely difficult tests it certainly was a job she was born to do. On behalf of myself and The family that is EMS, worldwide, I send you my condolences, best wishes and good health in this trying time. And as for Breonna, Thank you for your undying service to your community and this nation. It will not be forgotten.
Breonna Taylor Boyfriend Kenneth Walker
Kenneth Walker was the boyfriend of Breonna Taylor, her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, who was also sleeping at the time of the raid and Tyler’s death.
Kenneth Walker Arrested and Charges
Walker, who was arrested and charged with attempted homicide on accusations he shot one of the police officers during the raid, is being defended by attorney Rob Eggert. Eggert told local news station WDBR that Walker was acting in self-defense and said Taylor’s death was the result of “police misconduct.”
Initial reports from the Louisville Courier Journal have police describing Taylor as “a female suspect”: “A Louisville Metro Police sergeant was shot and wounded and a suspect was killed early Friday during a narcotics investigation near St. Andrews Church Road and Doss High School, according to authorities.”
According to Walker’s lawyer, Walker shot back in self-defense because he said police did not announce themselves. His lawyer wrote to the court that Walker “wishes to exonerate himself. His girlfriend was killed in a hail of police bullets while naked and he himself simply acted to try to protect himself.”
Taylor’s aunt, Bianca Austin, told local TV station WHAS-11, “This is not a woman who would sacrifice her life and her family morals and values to sell drugs on the street,” Bonica Austin, Taylor’s aunt, said.
According to her obituary:
Breonna Taylor was full of life and loved social gatherings with her friends and especially her family. She loved life and all it had to offer. She continued to find ways to better herself and the people around her … She leaves behind to cherish her memory a host of family and friends, some she was born into, some she inherited and some she made all on her own, but nevertheless no matter how they came they were all family in the same to her.