Breonna Taylor Foundation holiday giveaway honors Taylor and local protester

Breonna Taylor Foundation holiday giveaway honors Taylor and local protester
Breonna Taylor
Breonna Taylor

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - In the midst of their pain, Breonna Taylor’s family members said they want to give back to their local community. It’s a community that has given consistent support in their call for justice for Taylor for nearly a year.

The Breonna Taylor Foundation has been handing out thousands of turkeys for weeks. Monday’s giveaway was in honor of the 26-year-old woman who was shot and killed by Louisville Metro Police Department officers in March. After learning of the tragic news that Travis Nagdy, a young protester and friend, was killed the morning of the last Thanksgiving turkey giveaway, they continued the giveaway on Taylor’s and his behalf as well.

The families of Jacob Blake (who was wounded by Wisconsin officers after being shot in the back) and George Floyd (who was killed after a police officer knelt on his neck in Minnesota for more than eight minutes), helped donate turkeys to the Taylor family along with legendary basketball player Isiah Thomas. Taylor’s family handed out the last of them in less than 30 minutes. Senora Norton said she was on her way to spend the last dollars she had to buy a turkey when she ran into the giveaway.

“Blessing from God,” Norton said. “It was a blessing from God.”

Bianca Austin and Tahasha Holloway, Taylor’s aunt said they wanted to make sure their community had what it needed this holiday season.

“Breonna, she was a giving person,” Austin said. “It was just part of her nature and her personality. It’s kind of therapeutic to be out here on her behalf and give back and remember her in that light.”

“The community has been out here in her behalf ‚” Holloway said. “It’s only right we try and do what we can give back.”

Taylor’s family said they continue to give back on her behalf and now also for Nagdy, a young activist who was prominent during protests for Taylor. Nagdy’s death leaves another family with an empty seat at the holiday table.

Nagdy was found by LMPD officers in around 12:25 a.m. in the 2100 block of Crittenden Dr. He was taken to University of Louisville Hospital for treatment, but died from his injuries. The motive behind his killing hasn’t been confirmed yet.

“Travis, he came down there (the local protest site at Jefferson Square Park) and he told he that ‘I just came down here because I thought it was wrong what happened to Breonna’”, Austin said. “During the movement he just matured and he just matured into a person who wanted to do something better and give back to his community and he was doing just that.”

Taylor’s family said they’re still fighting for justice while helping their community at the same time.

The Breonna Taylor Foundation is planning another turkey giveaway for Christmas.

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