• Family mourns mother of 4 found in DeKalb park


    DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Channel 2 Action News is hearing from the family of a mother of four police say was killed and left in her car at a  Lithonia park.

    Friends and family of Anisa Taylor say they never saw this coming and now are struggling to raise the money to bury her next week.

    Police arrested Taylor’s husband and charged him with her murder after children found the 34-year-old inside a car here in Salem Park.

    “She deserves so much better, you know. She didn't deserve what happened to her,” said Saida Brandle.  

    Brandle says she and others who knew the victim are still in a state of shock over the loss of their friend. Kids spotted the victim’s body in her car Wednesday in Salem Park.

    Lithonia investigators charged her husband, Valance Taylor with her murder.

    “She left behind four beautiful children. They have a bond with her like you wouldn't believe. She was with them every single day,” Brandle said. 

    The children’s grandmother is now taking care of the kids on her own.

    “Not only was their mother taken away but now they're parentless,” Brandle said.

    Friday night Brandle and other friends and co-workers came together at the chiropractor's office where Anisa Taylor worked as a massage therapist. They set up the Anisa Taylor memorial fund in an effort to raise money to bury their friend and help care for the family she left too soon.

    “The family was left with nothing,” Bora said.

    Alonzo Borja was Taylor’s boss. He describes her as a giving person who made a lasting impression on everyone she met -- a fact that makes what happened to Taylor even more difficult for her loved ones to comprehend.

    “We’re hoping that people will find it in their heart to donate just a little bit,” Bora said.

    “So we're really just starting from zero right now and trying to build something for these children,” Brandle said.

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