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May 22, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Police searching for man in connection with Rainier Beach slaying

Troy DeShone Sanders, who also goes by the name John Taylor. (Photo / Seattle Police Department)

Seattle police are looking for an aspiring rap star in the fatal shooting of a father of five in Seattle’s Rainier Beach neighborhood last week.

Homicide investigators have identified Troy De Shone Sanders, 26, as a person of interest in the slaying, Seattle police Lt. John Hayes said this morning.

Courtney Taylor, 31, was shot dead in the parking lot of a Jack in the Box restaurant Wednesday evening, Hayes said. Taylor and Sanders apparently knew one another.

“These are folks hanging out who just have a beef with each other,” Hayes said.

The shooting occurred where some 50 people had gathered outside the fast food restaurant. Some in the crowd were hostile, police said. A few men prevented responding officers from reaching Taylor, posturing and challenging officers to a fight, police said.

Sanders, who Hayes said is an aspiring rap star, also goes by the name John Taylor. He is a a black male, 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds, according to police. He has tattoos reading, “Troy” on the lower right arm, and “Boy” on the lower left arm. Sanders is known to drive a 2001 black Mercedes with the license plate 359UKT. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 206-233-5000. Anonymous tips are welcome.

Sanders was convicted in 2009 of promoting prostitution in the first degree, according to court records. He has not been charged in connection with Taylor’s slaying.

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