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Taylor always talked about the blueprint of his life, Harris said. And his kids were the foundation.
He talked of giving his kids the opportunity to take over the Power House legacy someday. He had already started teaching his daughter about entrepreneurship.
She made T-shirts and he helped her sell them. He taught her about turning a profit, paying overhead costs, and putting what money was left into saving.
“He really put his everything into them children, and it’s such a beautiful thing,” Harris said.
On Sunday, she stood in the now mostly-empty gym. Just a week before, it was filled with sweaty people cracking jokes. Music blasting. Taylor photo-bombing selfies.
The walls are bare now, the equipment is gone and the fake turf is rolled up into heavy cylinders.
Harris is taking over the Power House business, but she needs to step back first, to get her bearings as she searches for a new space and works to keep Taylor’s projects and dreams alive.
“I’m just so proud of the fact that though he’s gone, he left nothing but good behind,” she said.
She still doesn’t know why her boyfriend lost his life to senseless violence all too common in Kansas City.
Taylor’s death marked the 48th homicide in Kansas City this year, most of which were the result of gun violence. Kansas City ended last year with 182 homicides, the most in the city’s history in a single year, according to data maintained by The Star.
Asked around the time of Taylor’s death if the city’s crime strategies were working, Mayor Quinton Lucas — who also visited the site of Taylor’s killing — said “obviously not.” Taylor’s blood was still visible on the pavement beside him.
“The gun violence is literally out of control,” Harris said, before echoing what the pastor at Taylor’s funeral said the day before at Center High School. The crowd was packed into the stands as if there for Friday night football.
“This city needs love.”
That’s what Taylor was all about: teaching people to love themselves, so they can cherish others. So that the violence comes to an end.