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UPDATE: Homicide victim was standout basketball player

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Published: Dec. 11, 2017 at 1:15 AM EST
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UPDATE 12/11/17 @ 5:40 p.m.

Across the street from the happy squeals of kids playing at recess, Huntington police investigated the city’s 19th homicide Monday, as other kids from St. Joseph Catholic School walked by the crime scene tape on a field trip.

A 28-year-old woman named Taylor Wheeler was found dead inside her apartment on Fifth Avenue. She was a standout basketball player and second team all-state her senior year.

Former coach Lonnie Lucas remembers her as fearless on the court.

Wheeler was a 2007 graduate of Huntington High School.

"I think she lived for basketball," he said.

Coach Lucas remembers Wheeler as #15 and part of two state runner-up basketball teams. He said she was a shooting guard who loved shoot and still holds a tournament record for 3-point shots made in a game, a fact which he brought up with his team about two weeks ago.

"She wasn't the most show-off person in the world, but you put a basketball in her hands and she suddenly became a genius."

Lucas heard the news Monday morning, getting a call from an assistant coach as well as several former parents.

He calls her one of the top 10 players he's ever coached and, sadly, the first of his female players to ever die.

"You never think anyone is going to go before you do, you treat them like your kids."

While this is a kid that he has lost touch with for awhile, he said it doesn't make it easy for anyone who knew her.

"It's a sad day for Taylor, for her family, I feel so sorry for them."

Three years ago, Wheeler was arrested on drug charges and called by police a known heroin dealer, though investigators are not releasing any type of motive in Monday’s homicide.

Her family told us they were just too upset to talk with us.


UPDATE 12/11/17 @ 5:50 a.m.

A woman was shot and killed early Monday morning in Huntington.

Huntington Police say Taylor Wheeler, 28, of Huntington was shot and killed.

The shooting happened at an apartment in the 1300 block of 5th Ave. around 12:45 a.m.

Police say when they went inside the apartment, they found Wheeler dead.

According to police, they are considering this a homicide.

Police say this now makes the city's 19th homicide of the year.

No arrests have been made.

Police say they are still interviewing witnesses to try and find out more about what happened.

Huntington Police are asking anyone with any information about what happened to call their tipline.

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UPDATED 12/11/17 @2:43 a.m.

Cabell County dispatchers say one person was injured in a shooting in Huntington.

The shooting happened just before 12:30 Monday morning in an apartment in the 1300 block of 5th Ave.

Huntington Police had a K-9 unit going through the area.

The shooter is believed to have left the area.

No arrests were immediately made.

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ORIGINAL STORY 12/11/17 @12:55 a.m.

A shooting occurred in 1300 Block of 5th Avenue in Huntington.

Cabell County Dispatchers say the call came in shortly after 12:30 a.m Monday morning.

It is unknown if the suspect fled the scene.

We have a crew headed to the scene.

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