Search for suspects continues as police investigate stabbing death of Calgary father

Anthony Taylor and his youngest son pictured in May 2020. Courtesy: the Taylor family

Calgary police investigating the death of a man in the Manchester Industrial area last year are urging the public to come forward if they know more about what happened.

Anthony Taylor, 34, was found dead in the area of 55 Avenue and 2 Street Southwest at around 3 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020.

He leaves behind five children ranging in age from three to 15 years old.

Calgary police were called to the area of Macleod Trail and 55 Avenue Southwest on Thursday, Aug. 13 for reports of an assault. Global News

Police said Taylor, whose body was found lying on the ground between two parked cars, had been stabbed to death.

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Investigators don’t think Taylor’s death was random, saying it’s believed he was involved in a fight at a nearby residence that ultimately led to his death.

“The residence is known to police and efforts have been made to address complaints and drug activity in the area,” police said in a Friday news release.

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Police have spoken with witnesses and reviewed the evidence collected from the scene, but say it has not led to any suspects.

“Given the nature of the residence, it is challenging to identify everyone who could have been there that night.”

Calgary police were called to the area of Macleod Trail and 55 Avenue Southwest on Thursday, Aug. 13 for reports of an assault. Global News / Matthew Conrod

Staff Sgt. Martin Schiavetta said it’s time for anyone who knows anything about Taylor’s death to come forward so his family can have peace.

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“We are still working to try to learn what happened that night but are at a point where we need someone to give us new information to move things forward,” Schiavetta said.

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Taylor’s parents, Tammy and Steven Taylor, say life has been difficult since their son was killed.

“This is a nightmare you can never wake up from,” Tammy said.

“It’s heartbreaking,” Steven said. “We’re just looking for the right witness to come forward, to be truthful with the investigation.

“It’s been 11 months and three days since this happened and it doesn’t get any easier.”

Steven said they feel grief every day and as though a piece of them is missing.

“We’re looking for justice for our son,” Steven said. “There is never going to be closure for our family. That’s just how it is.”

“It’s a struggle,” Tammy added. “I don’t know how this person — or persons — who did this can live with this guilt every day of knowing what they did to another human being.

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“His children have no father,” she added. “This will affect them the rest of their life. Why can’t they do the right thing and come forward? It’s time.”

“Parents lose children to cancer, parents lose children to accidents… but for some other human to take another human’s life — I just can’t comprehend it, I just can’t,” Steven said.

Taylor’s parents say he was a good father and a good big brother.

“He was a good son and we loved him very much,” Steven added. “He loved his mother with all his heart.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Calgary Police Service’s non-emergency line at 403-266-1234 or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously.

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