From The Dallas News
A location-sharing app led two people to the body of a 22-year-old woman who was stabbed to death in northwest Dallas.
Briana Williams was found dead in a parking lot at 11129 Zodiac Lane on May 28, police said. The man suspected of killing her, 33-year-old Clyde Earl Taylor, was booked into the Dallas County Jail on Wednesday on a murder charge after his arrest in Sulphur Springs.
Williams and another person were at the 10900 block of Harry Hines Boulevard, less than a mile from where she was later found dead, around 3:30 a.m. May 28 when Taylor approached them on his motorcycle, according to his arrest-warrant affidavit.
Taylor and Williams talked before she got on his motorcycle, and they rode away together to the parking lot where she was found, the affidavit says.
Around 5:20 that morning, Taylor stabbed Williams to death and fled the parking lot, leaving her body behind, police said in the affidavit.
The person who was with Williams before she left on Taylor’s motorcycle and another witness had been tracking Williams’ location using Life360 — an app marketed to families for messaging, sharing locations and even detecting car crashes.
When the two people who had been tracking Williams noticed she’d been in the parking lot on Zodiac Lane for a long time, they went to the location where Williams was found dead and called 911.
Williams’ phone wasn’t found at the scene and is still missing, police said in the affidavit.
Police later released security video from the business, prompting a call from a third person who identified Taylor as the suspect and said he was part of the Midnight Riders motorcycle club. Photos the caller provided of Taylor matched the suspect description and the man pictured in the videos, police said.
The person who’d been with Williams before Taylor approached them on his motorcycle picked Taylor’s photo out of a lineup July 9, and police issued his arrest warrant the same day.
Taylor remained in the Dallas County Jail on Thursday in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Hundreds of families showed up at the Soldiers of Truth clubhouse to get free school supplies on Saturday, July 21 — more than the biker ministry and Dorcas Place, who partnered with Soldiers of Truth, ever anticipated.
Members of the biker ministry ended up going to Walgreens for more supplies after a line formed at 10 a.m., two hours before the event was supposed to start. But the members didn’t have a problem with it. They happily started giving out supplies they bought while offering a hot lunch fresh off the grill.
“We feel like that’s what God’s told us to do,” said Lisa Dishman, member of Soldiers of Truth. “We do it because we want to help folks, and we don’t expect anything in return.”
She said she enjoys helping the community and truly wants to because she “can’t imagine children doing without.” This is at least the 10th year the ministry has given out supplies.
The line stretched to the street through most of the day as children waited. Each child received five pieces of clothing, a book bag, hygiene products like shampoo and soap, a bag of groceries and a toy.
Clermont resident Madalynn Flaherty was there with her sons ages 6 and 7. It was the first time they had ever been to a free school supplies event and Flaherty said she was thankful for it.
“It means a lot to me that the community can help out with supplies and clothes,” Flaherty said.
Flaherty said she doesn’t have a job right now and is taking care of her father who suffered from a stroke, so having the school supplies, clothes and groceries provided was appreciated.
Dorcas Place is an organization that helps families in need by providing clothes and hygiene products. Beronica Nash is in charge and said Saturday’s crowd was the biggest turnout she’s seen.
“I do this because I feel like there’s a need,” Nash said.
She said she’s been taking part in similar events for as long as she can remember. Nash said when she was in high school she would take children’s names off of the “angel tree,” a Christmas tree in the mall with names of children who need gifts. Depending on how much money she had, she would buy presents for a couple children.
Growing up with her grandmother taught her everybody needs a little help sometimes.
“I can remember her getting help from a place like the Salvation Army during Christmas time,” Nash said. “So I feel like, ‘Why not give back?’”
Another mother at the event, Maria Martinez, was there with her seven children, all under age 10. Her son, Manie, said his favorite part was the bag of hygiene items, which included a toothbrush. He’s now excited to go to school.
“It’s a lot of sacrifice they do for a lot of people without them thinking about themselves,” Maria Martinez said. “Just giving it out, it’s so nice. It’s helpful, especially when you have a lot of children and you don’t have a lot of money or resources to get them things they need at school.”
That’s what I’m talking about right there. Kick ass and beers up. Making the biker community proud.