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County supervisors offer $20,000 reward in murder of Lancaster war veteran Nathen Taylor

Nathen Taylor
Nathen Taylor

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors is offering a $20,000 reward for help in solving the murder of Nathen Taylor, an Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran who was shot dead April 21 while sitting in his car in Lancaster.

Taylor, 30, had just left a party and was by himself when he was approached by a group of men. One of the men shot him several times in the torso at close range, according to reports. He died soon after at a local hospital.

Sheriff’s investigators did not offer a motive, and have been searching for the shooter and his accomplices. But more than a month later no arrests have been made.

According to the L.A. Times, Taylor served three tours of duty as an Army sergeant before returning home to Lancaster. He was studying computer software and engineering at Antelope Valley College and was engaged to be married.

At the time of the killing, CBS reported 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.

Now supervisors hope the $20,000 reward will spur someone to give investigators a lead in the case.

According to a page on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors’ website titled “Rewards for Information on Crimes,” “In order to claim a reward, you must (1) provide information to the law enforcement agency which leads to the apprehension and conviction of the party responsible for the crime and (2) submit a claim for a reward to the Executive Office of the Board of Supervisors.”

It adds, “In order to receive payment for a reward, the person or persons responsible for the crime must be convicted of the crime, unless the Board of Supervisors makes a finding of impossibility of conviction due to the death or incapacity of such person or persons.”

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