Romane D. Taylor Jr.
Intelligent and playful, beloved by buddies
The Chicago Heights teen was “goofy” but “smart.” He was “outgoing” but “protective.” He was “lovable.”
The Homewood-Flossmoore High School student had a lot of nicknames: “Roro,” “Yaya,” “Lil Ro” and “Budda Man.” Online, his friends weren’t shy about how much they cared for him.
Romane D. Taylor, Jr. 17, was shot on September 2, 2018, in Homewood, Illinois, during an alleged robbery attempt. He was taken by police to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn and died later that night. His school made counselors available to grieving students after his death.