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It’s never a good idea to talk about money. And in a Pennsylvania woman’s case it turned out to be fatal. 27-year-old Keiauna Lynette Davis didn’t expect that her Dollar Store coworker would target her after finding out that the mother of two was expecting a large tax refund.

That brought her to the attention of Laya Alana Whitley, her coworker, who decided that $7000 was a temptation she couldn’t resist. Sadly, these events took place in Wilkinsburg, the same Pennsylvania town, near Pittsburgh, where several family members were shot dead at a backyard cookout two years ago.  

Triblive.com reports:

Members of the fugitive squad with the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday apprehended the third person wanted in the past week’s shooting death of a Wilkinsburg woman.

Suspected shooter Dane James Taylor, 21, was discovered hiding in a North Braddock residence at 12:21 p.m. and will be held in the Allegheny County Jail, Allegheny County Police said.

Keiauna Lynette Davis, 27, was shot and killed Thursday on Laketon Road while being robbed of her tax refund, police said.

Already in custody are Laya Alana Whitley, 21, of Pittsburgh and Kaijin Xavier Scott, 23, of Turtle Creek.

All three are charged with criminal homicide, robbery and conspiracy. Taylor also is charged with carrying a firearm without a license.

Davis had recently received her tax refund and was carrying $3,000 cash the day she died, according to police. She worked at the Dollar General on Laketon Road in Wilkinsburg with Whitley.

Whitley texted Taylor about the money, and the two conspired to steal it, police said. Taylor hired Scott, an acquaintance, to give him a ride.

Scott told police that he knew Taylor by the nickname “HD” but didn’t know his real name.

The pair followed Davis in a Toyota Corolla after she left work shortly after 2:30 p.m. Thursday, according to court records.

Taylor was wearing a mask and carrying a gun, according to police. He allegedly told Scott to stop the car, then got out and confronted Davis in a lot on Laketon Road, court records said.

Scott heard Taylor yelling “give it to me.” Davis told Taylor she didn’t have money and begged him to stop, police said.

In the ensuing confrontation, Taylor fired two shots. The first one missed, and the second went through Davis’ hip, police said.

Taylor took Davis’ purse and got back in the car, then Scott drove off, the affidavit said.

Davis was taken to UPMC Presbyterian, where she was pronounced dead within an hour, according to police. She had two children, according to Tribune-Review news partner WPXI.

Taylor paid Scott $800, according to police.

Investigators talked to witnesses and used surveillance footage to identify the Corolla and trace it back to Scott, who talked to police and confessed his role, according to the affidavit.

Through Scott, detectives identified Whitley. They used texts on Whitley’s phone and social media posts to identify “HD” as Taylor.

All three suspects are scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on March 9 in Pittsburgh Municipal Court.

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48 thoughts on “Woman Killed After Dollar Store Employee Sets Up Co-Worker For Tax Refund

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  2. Bridget Henry on said:

    Are those their mugshots and is she actually smiling?! When did it become so easy to take someone’s life? So cold and callous. You took someone’s mother over a few dollars. Yes! A FEW dollars. Sick.

  3. yep it’s Trumps fault his overhaul of the tax system allowed bigger earned income and child reimbursements under Obama’s tax she would have only got a few hundred bucks or as Nancy Polosie would say “crumbs”

    • Very sad how that poor young lady’s life snuffed out…. wow! for her hard working tax returns. No one have the right to take someone’s life, heartless and wicked. Never talked about money to nobody, it doesn’t matter if it’s a dollar or a nickel, the Bible tell us, the love of money is the root of all evil.

  4. Black beckie on said:

    No wankanda for you black people most of the comment are about not telling your business. But do you really expect people to be killers. I’m sure the beautiful young lady didn’t.

  5. I hope they burn in hell. MF’s don’t want to work for theirs but would kill for someone else’s. I hope they get hard labor and a beat down every night

    • And your a scum bag to post some dumb shit like that people like you are the one should get killed maybe this world would be a better place you worthless peace of shit

  6. What does these fools be thinking? $7,000 to kill someone? I would care even if it is millions. This is so senseless. So fools, you took a life to try to get $7000. Where is the money now? ho wait, you do not have it and now you have a felony, freedom gone, and you have to pay thousands for a defense and will still go to prison. When will these people learn.

  7. This has got to stop. No regard for life. People put all of their business on social media and tell everything. Somethings, like how much money you have and are going to receive should be your business. Stop telling all of your business.

  8. Ms Angie on said:

    Dear Donkey Butt Trio, fill in the blank: If three donkey butts have $7000, go to a check cashing store and the fee is 12 percent, however, while you were stepping out of your car walking to the check cashing store, the police pulled you over, searched and arrested you. You will have a _________ chance in keeping the money.

    Bonus True or False: You can only sign your real name on the front of someone else check for $7000. Never ever sign the back of the check unless you are changing the amount on the front. ________

  9. Brenda Sykes-Tucker on said:

    I’m so disgusted by people always trying to take from others, these thuggetts don’t ever deserve to live among us again, how dare you take this young Mother’s life over her money, shame on you!!!

  10. Mac Ben on said:

    Who is surprised by those involved? Same for school shootings… who among you, was surprised??
    Who is most likely to shoot a mfer over Jordans?
    Who is most likely to shoot up a work place?

    • Give it a rest Ben. We just saw who killed 17 people (not counting who shot up events last yearO). This is not a race issue, it is an American issue.

    • My Opinion on said:

      Who is most likely to shoot up a school full of innocent babies?
      Who is most likely to be a serial killer and be labeled with a mental illness when their
      skin is pale?but the reality is they are downright evil terrorist.
      Who is most likely to kill their entire family and say it was the voices in their head?
      Who is most likely to post their ignorance when the violence involves black people but doesn’t post nothing when it involves white people? Mac Ben that’s who.

      • Blackbeckie on said:

        If you kill more than two people you are a serial killer. Hello alot of black dudes are serial killer, but no body admits it. Stay away from ex-cons you won’t regret it.

  11. Yes, thank God they are off the streets. Although prison is way too good for these animals, I’ll take it as long as they never get to roam free again.
    I pray for these two children whose mother was killed at the hands of three idiots, may their mind, body and spirit never rest in peace.

  12. African American Woman on said:

    How stupid, sociopathic and short sighted…Was it worth it? Now two innocent children have no Mommy, these idiots are going to jail and they didn’t even get the money. I have to ask, tho, how the hell do you do you get a $7,000 tax refund? I’m afraid to file, because I probably owe the IRS. Anyway, young folks, STOP TELLING EVERYBODY YOUR BUSINESS!

  13. Chris Mason on said:

    NEVER EVER discuss money under NO circumstances!!! Do not post on social media!! Too many people out there willing to do ANYTHING, except work, for a few dollars! Shameful and sad! Prayers for the family.

  14. Mac Daddy on said:

    There must be empirical data to suggest that the chemicals and adhesives used for weaves are leaching through the epidermal layer of the scalp and interfering with neurological functions of black women

  15. Monique q on said:

    That’s a shame they would take a life for for money they will never enjoy ass holes they didn’t even care that the girl had two children that are now changed for ever may God be with them

  16. Change1 on said:

    Tragic story but I’m wondering how a shot in the hip killed her unless it hit a major artery or they took forever to get to her?

    • If the bullet his a major artery, EMTs would have to have been there when she was shot to have any chance of saving her. Even then, it would be iffy. It only takes a matter of seconds or minutes to bleed out from a severed artery.

  17. Ted Gravely on said:

    All for a $7000 tax refund check. Idiots for life! Young, nice looking people on the road to nowhere. What a waste. Killed a young mother and now they will be felons and possibly career criminals. Sad.

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