2nd Father And Son Slaying In Joliet Since 2019

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JOLIET, IL — Joliet area police detectives are investigating another case in which a Joliet father was gunned down shortly after his son was slain.

On Saturday night, 42-year-old Todd N. Taylor of Joliet was fatally shot four times in the upper body while he was inside a parked vehicle in the 100 block of Oscar Avenue, not far from Gardner Street on the city’s east side. Taylor lived in the 600 block of Joliet’s Elmwood Avenue, according to recent court records.

The Will County Sheriff’s Office is investigating Taylor’s slaying, since the crime happened outside city of Joliet limits.

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Death of Todd Taylor Jr.

Todd Taylor’s 20-year-old son, also named Todd Taylor, was gunned down in a driveway in the 300 block of Joliet’s Grant Avenue on April 28, 2020. The younger Todd Taylor also died from multiple gunshot wounds.

The younger Todd Taylor lived in Rockdale, according to police.

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In that case, at 8:59 p.m., Joliet police officers heard gunshots in the area of 5th Avenue and Sherman Street and saw a black Cadillac SUV fleeing the area. The SUV refused to pull over near 4th Avenue and Richards Street and headed westbound on Interstate 80, police said. Officers pursued the Cadillac SUV on westbound Interstate 80, to southbound Interstate 55, to the area of West Coal City Road in Diamond where police say the SUV stopped, and the suspects ran off.

On July 7, 2020, the Joliet Police Department announced that a 24-year-old Joliet area resident Dartavius Payton faces first-degree murder charges in connection with the April 28, 2020, slaying of 20-year-old Todd Taylor.

Police arrested Payton on three counts of first-degree homicide, and unlawful use of a weapon. The arrest was made by the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office at a house in Diamond. A Will County judge set bail at $2.5 million for Payton. He remains in the Will County Jail and his case has not been set for trial, yet.

Death of Floyd Faint Sr.

The 2020 killing of 20-year-old Todd Taylor happened just five hours after the slaying of 47-year-old Floyd Faint Sr., who was gunned down right outside his house in the 700 block of Joliet’s Francis Street, near Henderson Avenue.

Less than two months shy of turning 48, Floyd Faint Sr. was fatally shot multiple times around 4:45 p.m. in his driveway in the 700 block of Francis Street, near Henderson Avenue.

Two years later, the homicide of Floyd Faint Sr. remains unsolved at the Joliet Police Department.

Joliet resident Floyd Faint Sr., 47, was fatally shot multiple times in his driveway on April 28, 2020. John Ferak/Patch

Death of Floyd Faint Jr.

The April 28, 2020, homicide of Floyd Faint Sr. came less than 10 months after his 29-year-old son, Floyd Faint Jr., was fatally shot multiple times on a Saturday morning along the I&M Canal State Trail Brandon Road Access near Rockdale. His homicide also remains officially unsolved.

On July 20, 2019, a memorial was placed along the I&M Canal State Trail on the outskirts of Joliet by friends and relatives of 29-year-old Joliet resident Floyd Faint.

Nearly three years later, nobody has been arrested in connection with Floyd Faint Jr.’s slaying. The Illinois State Police are investigating Floyd Faint Jr.’s homicide. In 2019, the Will County Crimestoppers announced that state police were attempting to locate Deamonte T. Hunter of Joliet for questioning surrounding the violent death of Floyd Faint Jr.

In 2020, Shorewood police arrested Hunter following a June 29, 2020, traffic stop, and Shorewood police said they recovered two loaded pistols and one fully loaded AK-47 assault rifle inside the abandoned Mercury Mountaineer that Hunter was a front-seat passenger.

Hunter was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a convicted felon and resisting the arrest, jail logs show. He was not charged in connection with Floyd Faint Jr.’s death.

Now 24 years old, Hunter pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon in November and got a seven-year prison term from Will County Judge Carmen Goodman. As part of the plea, Hunter was credited with 506 days of time already spent in the Will County Jail.

A look at the memorial to remember Joliet resident Floyd Faint Jr., 29. He died of gunfire in July 2019. File/John Ferak/Patch

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