Father of 24 found dead inside Detroit building

Father of 24 found dead inside Detroit building

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Deon Taylor with his family Deon Taylor with his family
DETROIT (WJBK) -

The bad news came in broad daylight that 45-year-old Deon Taylor of Detroit was dead inside a building.

"He was a very loving, strong man," said daughter Deleesha Taylor.

"His children are devastated. His grandchildren are devastated, and all I can say is we're trying to deal with this. It's hard," said sister-in-law Ramona Harper.

"I don't know what's going to happen now. He had 24 kids," said sister Jacqueline Taylor.

24 children are waiting to find out who or what took their father from them far too soon. Deon's cause of death is currently a mystery.

"I'm going to miss him a lot, and I know that he's in a better place. It just sucks that he can't be here with us," Deleesha said.

"My father meant the world to me. There's not a person in this world that didn't like my dad. He got along with everybody. That's why I don't understand how this could happen," said son Dwane Taylor.

That is what DPD is trying to determine. Homicide was called out because how Deon took his last breath was not obvious or clear. Cops crowded the corner of Colfax and Warren in Detroit Monday searching for evidence and any possible clues.

Sources said Deon was last seen inside the building around midnight. Although there is no signage outside, there are often signs of life inside. We learned the building is frequently used as a night club or party spot. Family and friends said Deon was last seen there getting ready to celebrate the success of one of his sons.

"Getting the place ready for his son's graduation party, which his open house was supposed to be this weekend," Harper said.

When no one had seen or heard from Deon, they had a feeling something was wrong, and sadly they were right.

"I know deep down in my heart he served his purpose here on earth," Deleesha Taylor said.

We learned Deon was found by his brother.

Meanwhile, police will determine how their investigation should proceed after they receive the medical examiner's report.

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