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Vigil held for Sidney Taylor, who was last seen in 2016

A suspect has been charged with homicide though the our bodies have been by no means discovered. Nearly 7 years later, Sidney Taylor’s household stated they’ve many unanswered questions.

HOUSTON — A candlelight vigil was held Saturday night time to honor a Houston man who was last seen in Austin in 2016.

Editor’s be aware: The above video is from KHOU 11’s earlier protection of this story.

A suspect has been charged with homicide in Sidney Taylor and Krislyn Gibson’s disappearances, though their our bodies have been by no means discovered. Nearly 7 years later, Taylor’s household stated they’ve many unanswered questions.

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On April 1, 2016, Taylor, a 35-year-old father of 4, went to Austin together with his good friend Krislyn Gibson for a music pageant. Investigators stated they have been last seen that night time outdoors a membership with Harvey Cyphers, who’s described as an acquaintance. 

Cyphers has been charged with homicide in the case, though the our bodies of Taylor and Gibson haven’t been discovered.

At the time, Cyphers was thought-about an individual of curiosity and wasn’t charged though investigators stated they pinged his cellphone close to downtown Houston the place Taylor’s automotive was later discovered deserted. Investigators additionally stated it appeared one thing violent occurred inside his Austin residence that somebody tried to scrub up.

In 2019, Cyphers was arrested for tampering with proof with intent to impair a human corpse. In 2020, he was charged with capital homicide of a number of individuals. His trial is scheduled to start in January.

“Seven years with no justice. As a family, we are tired,” stated Amanda Ware, Taylor’s sister. 

She stated the vigil was to honor his life and keep in mind the particular person he was.

“He was a good person. He was an educator. He was in HBCU graduate. He was a football coach, football player. He was somebody that had the tenacity to live life and enjoy it, and that’s what was taken from us,” Ware stated. 

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During the vigil, Ware and her mom shared recollections of Taylor and expressed the grief they’ve for the lack of their cherished one. There was singing, prayer and everybody lit a candle on the finish. There was a second of silence for 35 seconds, the age Taylor was when he was last seen, then, everybody blew out their candles. 

“We’re hoping that with this candlelight vigil we can represent his life, the life he did live, and then we blow out the candle, not stopping the fight,” Ware stated.

Taylor’s sister stated their household is pissed off {that a} trial hasn’t began and the suspect hasn’t been delivered to justice. 

“We’re hoping that when we do meet in January that he gets convicted, and he gets the punishment that he deserves,” Ware stated.

The household desires solutions and justice. They’re asking anybody with data on what occurred the night time the 2 have been last seen to come back ahead and make contact with authorities. 

“We’re not gonna stop fighting for him until this is over,” Ware stated. 

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