WHEATFIELD | Alex Taylor said his family worried about his older brother Ronald during his two tours in Iraq.
But they couldn't imagine the 28-year-old U.S. Army sergeant would end up in harm's way after returning stateside.
Ronald Evans Taylor, a 2001 graduate of Kankakee Valley High School, was killed Friday night in an apparent homicide in Ogden, Kan.
The Riley County Police Department said it received a 911 call at 10:27 p.m. Friday concerning an automobile accident. When police arrived, they found a person administering CPR and learned that Taylor had been shot before driving into a home. Taylor was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police are continuing to investigate the incident.
"It is looking like my brother was in his car near his home. He was about a block away from his home. He was shot twice and passed out and crashed into the house trying to get away," said Alex Taylor, 24, of Detroit. He said his brother was stationed outside of Ogden and lived off base.
"It is just so hard to imagine someone hurting my brother," Alex Taylor said. "We were raised by a single mom, and he was always the father figure. He just took care of us boys, and he was always so positive. Every time I talked to him, he'd always tell us he loved us."
Alex Taylor said his brother joined the Army in 2007. He was injured during his second tour of duty and was seeking a medical discharge, hoping to come back to Wheatfield and work in the medical field.
He also was hoping to spend more time with his son, Riley, 5, Alex Taylor said.
In addition to his brother and son, Ronald Taylor is survived by his wife Amanda, mother Allison Keeley, stepfather Richard Keeley and youngest brother, Hans.
Alex Taylor said funeral arrangements still are pending. Boersma Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.