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January 8, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Ex-Meadowdale High football star charged with assault, robbery

Naji Roshad Moore-Taylor

A former Meadowdale High School football player is facing criminal charges in connection with the shooting of a 29-year-old acquaintance on Camano Island last week, according to the Island County Sheriff’s Office.

Naji Roshad Moore-Taylor, along with Megan Noelle Failing, both 21 of Bothell, were charged with first-degree assault, robbery, kidnapping and burglary in Island County Superior Court, said Sheriff Mark Brown.

Brown said the victim, who was assaulted and shot in her home around 8 a.m. on Thursday, identified the suspects. She was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and has been been released from the hospital, he said.

Brown declined to discuss the relationship between the victim and the suspects, but he said they knew each other and that the attack was not random.

Moore-Taylor and Failing were last seen leaving the area in a black, four-door Nissan with license plate number AGJ0950, Brown said.

Brown said the two suspects told detectives they will turn themselves in, but have not yet done so. Warrants have been issued for their arrests, he said.

Moore-Taylor was profiled in a 2009 Seattle Times story that recounted his difficult childhood and adoption by a Washington  couple.

“It sounded like he was really working to turn his life around, but is now headed the wrong way,” said Brown.

Moore-Taylor is black, 6 feet and 190 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Failing is white, 5-feet-6 and 112 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.

Anyone with information on the pair should call 911, or the Island County Sheriff’s Office via the county’s dispatch center at 1-360-679-9567.

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