Double Homicide Suspect Ricard Taylor is Former MSU Security Guard, Street Performer

By: Josh Sidorowicz Email
By: Josh Sidorowicz Email
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East Lansing, Mich. (WILX) The man accused of shooting and killing two people in Lansing and East Lansing this week has been arraigned.

34-year-old Ricard Walter Taylor was arraigned in 54B District Court in East Lansing Wednesday on two counts of open murder and 5 firearm-related charges in the murders of Jordan Rogers and Michael Addo.

Taylor faces two counts of carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent, two counts of felony firearms charges and one count of carrying a concealed weapon.

East Lansing police did confirm during a press conference Wednesday afternoon Taylor pistol was properly licensed and registered.

WILX has confirmed Taylor was a former security guard for the museums on campus at Michigan State University until the fall of 2013. Taylor was even profiled in a 2013 article in Michigan State University's student newspaper "The State News" for his work as a street performer in East Lansing.

35-year old Michael Addo was working as a pharmacist at the Rite-Aid on East Saginaw in Lansing when he was shot multiple times, around 11am Monday.

Minutes later, police were called to a home in 1800 block of Coolidge Road in East Lansing, where 27-year-old Jordan Rogers was shot.

Family and friends of Rogers told WILX Tuesday they had suspected Rogers' neighbor--a former marine who had confrontations with Rogers in the past--was responsible for the shootings.

"He told us he wasn't right in his head," said Dustin Vertz, a lifelong friend of Rogers. "He said he just got out of the marine corps... and he seemed like he wasn't all there."

Wednesday, a makeshift memorial had been formed near the front of the Frandor Rite-Aid with customers leaving flowers and messages in memory of Addo.

George Nii Okaiteye, a close friend of Addo, said over the phone Tuesday he had just spoken with Addo the night before he was killed.

Okaiteye said Addo is originally from Ghana and came to the U.S. from London in 2008 for better job opportunities. He had been working with Rite-Aid since 2010.

Police believe Taylor is responsible for both shootings but have yet to tell us if there was a relationship between the shooter and victims.


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