18-Year-Old Woman Charged With Killing 47-Year-Old Boyfriend, A Local Church Deacon

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - New details about the stabbing death of a father and deacon of a Memphis church. Police say 47-year-old Torey Reginald Taylor-Gillard died after being stabbed Monday afternoon by his girlfriend, 18-year-old Destiny Garner-White.

It happened in the 4,100 block of Maumee in the Westwood neighborhood.

Garner-White is charged with second degree murder. The affidavit sheds new light on what one of Taylor-Gillard's children witnessed before during and after that deadly stabbing, and what the accused stabber told the victim's family and investigators.

“I just had a friend get killed,” said Candace Davis.

A day after police arrived on scene to find Taylor-Gillard stabbed to death, the devastation and questions lingered about his accused killer and girlfriend- destiny garner-white.

"Many people do not know Destiny's mother or brothers and sisters,” says the victim’s father Andrew Gillard.

The affidavit said one of Taylor-Gillard's children witnessed her father and Garner-White get into an argument in the kitchen Monday. Memphis police said the 18-year-old then pulled a knife from the cabinet and stabbed the 47-year-old in the chest, arm, and head.

The affidavit said Garner-White then went a few doors over and confessed at the home of Taylor-Gillard's mother.

Lottie Taylor said she went back to the house and called 9-1-1 after seeing her son on the floor, not moving.

Police arrested Garner-White, and investigators said she confessed at MPD headquarters.

"It just rips my heart out to have to stomach this right now,” says Pastor Andre Davis of Path Ministries Christian Church.

The news was especially tough for Pastor Andre Davis, who knew Taylor-Gillard, a deacon at his church for years.

"Very hard working person, very sincere, this is a great loss,” says Pastor Davis.

The manager at the Butcher Shoppe, where Taylor-Gillard worked security, tells Local 24 the victim was well liked and respected by his coworkers.

Destiny Garner-White is scheduled to appear in Shelby County court Wednesday.

 


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