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Arizona high school star football player K.J. Taylor shot and killed in West Virginia

K.J. Taylor shot and killed in West Virginia
High School Football Star K.J. Taylor was shot and killed on Wednesday in West Virginia.

Capital High School football standout K.J. Taylor was shot and killed after being shot in the chest on Wednesday night at 8:15 according to the Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin.

Charleston Police Chief Tyke Hunt says the shooting happened Wednesday around 8:15 p.m.. Officers were on the scene quickly, and are working diligently on the case.

“For this bright star to be taken from us really impacts the police department. This investigation is priority number one,” said Chief Hunt.

He had starred at wide receiver and defensive back during his sophomore and junior seasons at Capital High in Charleston, before moving to Chandler, Arizona. He was one of the best players in West Virginia and moved to Arizona in hopes of playing football with COVID happening.

He helped the Capital capture their second straight Open Division state football championship and fifth title in a row overall.

During his junior year at Capital, he was named first-team All-Mountain State Athletic Conference.

We at NFL Draft Diamonds want to extend our prayers to the Taylor family. In honor of K.J. we wanted to show off his film. He was a stud, and was taken too soon.

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