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Police seek killer of war veteran Nathen Taylor, murdered in his hometown of Lancaster

Nathen Taylor
Nathen Taylor

He survived war-torn Iraq and Afghanistan, only to be shot dead on a street in Lancaster.

Police are still hunting the man who shot and killed U.S. Army Sgt. Nathen Taylor as sat in his car over the weekend. With three tours of duty under his belt, the 30-year-old war veteran had returned to his hometown of Lancaster and reentered civilian life.

According to several reports, Taylor was sitting alone in his car at about 12:10 a.m. Saturday when a group of men approached and one man shot him several times in the torso at close range. He died soon after at a local hospital. The incident occurred on the 700 block of West Avenue H-7, not far from Mariposa Park.

Taylor apparently had just left a party that night because he didn’t want to be around drinking. A motive for the shooting is not known, according to L.A. County Sheriff’s officials.

CBS reports that Nathen’s brother Patrick heard several shots and ran outside to find his brother slumped over the wheel of his car. The brother stated that an ambulance took 30 minutes to arrive.

The Antelope Valley Times reports that Taylor’s family said he returned to Lancaster about two years ago, was currently a college student and “had never been in trouble with the law or been involved in gangs.”

Anyone with information on the murder is urged to call the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.