Breonna Taylor’s Mom Talks Christmas Without Her Daughter

Breonna Taylor was fatally shot by Louisville, Ky., police in her home more than nine months ago. Now, her mother, Tamika Palmer, is preparing for her first Christmas without her daughter. 

“Breonna loved Christmas. Breonna loved any holiday, really,” Palmer said in an emotional interview on ABC News’ daily news podcast. “She wanted everybody to come together… She was just definitely always big on getting a family together and trying to have Christmas dinner, party game night.

“Here we are trying to put this together and she’s not here, and it’s so unreal because she’s the person that does that,” she continued. “She’s the person that everybody counts [on] because everybody wants to see Breonna.”

She also opened up about being in the media spotlight over the past year.

“Before that day, a year ago, you couldn’t have never told me that I’d be that person, because I’ve always been a private person,” Palmer said. “I don’t like to speak out in crowds and I don’t want to be that person in the light. So, to have this thing happening now … it’s not something I want to do, it’s something I have to do.”

Listen to a clip of the interview below:

Taylor was killed in the early morning of March 13 when former Louisville police officer Brett Hankison, Det. Myles Cosgrove and Sgt. John Mattingly executed a botched “no-knock” warrant at her apartment which she shared with her boyfriend Kenneth Walker.

Believing they were intruders, Walker fired his weapon and gunfire from the officers ensued. The 26-year old Taylor was struck six times and died. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron claimed the warrant was not a no-knock and the police announced themselves prior to entering the apartment.

On Sept. 23, a grand jury returned three counts of “wanton endangerment” in the first degree against Hankinson for firing into another apartment. The other two officers were not charged and remain on the force. Hankinson was fired in July.

Palmer, still seeking justice for her daughter, has been calling for a new investigation in Taylor’s death and for Cameron to recuse himself. Additionally, she wrote an open letter to President-elect Joe Biden demanding he appoint “people to the Department of Justice with a proven record of holding police accountable.” 

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