Heartbroken friends: murdered UNLV student was our 'shining light'

LAS VEGAS - Clifton Taylor was 25-years-old when he died. By all accounts, he was successful, humble, and kind.

"He embodied the art of leadership because it was an art,” Taylor’s friend Xavier Morgan-Lange said. “He did it and performed it as an art."

That's how Taylor will be remembered.

"He was really soft spoken and kind," Cameron Marsh said. "Everything he did was for the betterment just of our lives and our future.”

Taylor served as the president of UNLV's National Society of Black Engineers and was expected to graduate in December.

On Friday night, Taylor's heartbroken mother looked on as his friends honored his legacy.

"It was heartwarming to see how many people he impacted in such a positive way and who have nothing but good memories about him," Morgan-Lange said.

Together, they lit a candle representing the light that Taylor brought into the world. Then, they held that light to the sky for a final goodbye.

"Until the day when we all meet again," said Morgan-Lange.


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