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Taylor frequented church before robbery, murder

May 10, 2013

Robert M. Taylor

NARRAGANSETT—As the news of Robert M. Taylor’s murder of his mother, Allison Taylor, at her apartment on Caswell Street this past week further develops, the days leading up to the incident become clearer. According to Reverend Marcel Taillon, Pastor of St. Thomas More Catholic Parish at 53 Rockland St., Taylor had been frequenting the church for two to three weeks prior to committing his crime.

“He wasn’t catholic or coming to worship, but just wanted to hang around and not be in a place as stressful as his home,” said Taillon. “I think he felt it was a place he could escape from his home. He didn’t go to mass and just stayed in the hallways.”
“[Taylor] seemed very sad, but the community was very welcoming,” he added. “There were no signs that he would steal anything or hurt anyone.”
Taylor did, however, rob the church this past weekend, breaking into handle drop-off boxes where parishioners place donations. Prior to the incident, Taillon stated that he was stopping by every day to talk to him and other parishioners.
Because of surveillance cameras, Taillon was able to assist Narragansett Police in identifying Taylor as the suspect, an investigation that the local authorities were following up on when they discovered the grisly murder of Allison Taylor at 130 Caswell St.
“I realized early Sunday morning that one of the handle boxes had been pried open,” said Taillon. “We had First Communion that day, which is a full day in the parish, and I didn’t do much about it because it was a busy day.”
“At night, I noticed that the other boxes were also damaged and empty, so late Sunday evening I locked everything up and called the police Monday morning,” he continued. “After mass, my office manager came in and we went over the surveillance pictures.”
Taillon did not recognize either Taylor or his mother as parishioners, and stated that he did not know exactly how much money was taken, estimating in the hundreds of dollars. He also hopes that the community will not look at this one tragedy and shy away from helping others in need.
“We can’t stop helping people in need because of one really bad thing,” said Taillon. “Our community is a very good community and we just want to keep that spirit alive.”
“Everybody helps each other quite a bit, so hopefully we will not grow weary of each other,” he continued. “People are very supportive here and close, so this will help the community grow closer.”

Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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