Barber Heartbroken Over Death of Teen He Watched Grow Up

Tiquan Taylor, who was just 14-years-old, was shot and killed over the weekend in Columbia.

Irmo, SC (WLTX) - Family and the community are grieving the loss of a teen who was shot and killed over the weekend.

One family friend is still trying to process how something could happen to someone so young.

For ten years, Marcus Fair has been the guy behind the razor at the barber shop. The last four years he’s been at Pro Styles Barbershop & Salon off of Broad River Road in Irmo.

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"You can go from cutting five or ten to cutting forty or fifty. Every day is different. Cut kids from their first hair cut to sometimes when they're seventeen or eighteen years old," explained Fair. "You watch them grow like you're a parent."

Like any barber, he has a tight relationship with all the people whose hair he cuts. When he heard that 14-year-old Tiquan Taylor had been shot and killed, he couldn't believe it.

"It's tough man, you know what I'm saying? I know his family. I remember when he was actually in his mom’s stomach," said Fair. "There's no telling what he was going to be. That's probably the saddest part about it."

Marcus said he and Tiquan would talk about basketball all the time because that’s what Tiquan loved to play. He says the fourteen-year-old was a great kid.

Just two weeks ago, Tiquan walked into the barbershop after basketball practice without a shirt.

Neither one of them knew that this would be his last haircut.

"He said, 'I ain't got no shirt on under here.' I don't cut anybody's hair with their shirt off and he was like, 'Come on man, cut my hair.' I said alright. Probably the first and only client I'd cut their hair with their shirt off," said Fair.

While it's usually the barber sharing life lessons with kids, Marcus can take something away from knowing Tiquan.

"The aspect of coming as you are. Just be you. He wasn't trying to be anybody else. Just be you and I think that's what people should be," said Fair.

Family and friends will be meeting together on Wednesday night to release balloons to remember and honor Tiquan Taylor.