Tamika Palmer pays tribute to her daughter Breonna Taylor, who was killed in March after Louisville Metro Police Department officers entered her home and shot her eight times.
On Friday, what would have been Breonna’s 27th birthday, Tamika spoke to “Good Morning America,” where she remembered her daughter as someone who was “just full of life” and would “light up a room.”
In the weeks following Breonna’s death, her story received little media attention or response from government officials. Things changed in May when writer and activist Shaun King wrote a post about Breonna on social media.
“In that brief moment, where people forgot about her for two months at a time, people need to know that Breonna Taylor mattered and that Breonna Taylor was great,” Tamika continued.
Just before 1 a.m. on March 13, three officers — Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly, Detective Brett Hankison, and Detective Myles Cosgrove —entered her Louisville apartment in plainclothes while executing a search warrant.
Authorities were investigating two men, already in police custody, believed to be selling drugs from a house 10 miles away. Taylor’s residence was included in the search warrant because it was suspected of receiving drugs in the case.
After entering the apartment, cops exchanged gunfire with Breonna’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker, which resulted in Breonna being shot at least eight times.
No drug were found in the residence.
On April 27, Breonna’s family filed a wrongful death suit, claiming charges of battery, wrongful death, excessive force, negligence, and gross negligence. The suit alleges that police entered the residence unannounced and were actually looking for a man who lived in Breonna’s building but not her apartment.
On May 21, the FBI’s Louisville office officially launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Breonna’s death.
Per the Louisville Courier-Journal, the three officers involved in Breonna’s shooting are still on administrative leave. They have not yet been charged.