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Dead man only suspect in Lorain woman's fatal shooting


LORAIN — Two months after Catalina Ortiz was fatally shot, police have released few details on the homicide.

However, William Taylor Jr., the man whose home where Ortiz’s body was found, is suspected.

“We’re not looking for anybody else,” Detective Buddy Sivert said Thursday.

Taylor, 32, died at Mercy Regional Medical Center, shortly after being arrested. Lorain County Coroner Stephen Evans said Thursday that Ortiz’s death was a homicide.

Evans said it was initially believed that Ortiz was shot with a pistol and shotgun, but only a pistol was used.

Evans wouldn’t say what caused Taylor’s death. Evans said he wanted to wait for police to release more details, which he said might happen today.

Police haven’t released their report on the deaths despite multiple requests by The Chronicle-Telegram.

Police spokesman Lt. Roger Watkins didn’t return a call Thursday.

Shortly after the Oct. 13 early morning shooting, Taylor crashed through a window of a home on West 17th Street around the corner from his home at 1618½ Washington Ave.

Residents in the home said he was distraught and was stunned with a Taser, which emits a 50,000-volt shock, by police when he was handcuffed.

Police denied shocking Taylor.

The motive for the homicide is unclear. Sivert said Ortiz, 21, of the 1600 block of East 29th Street in Lorain, knew Taylor, but described their relationship as casual. Sivert said that police are awaiting ballistics test results from the state.

Taylor’s relatives described him as a loving father and family man who wrote poetry.

However, Taylor had problems with the law. His criminal record includes convictions for assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest and possession of cocaine.

Ortiz’s relatives couldn’t be reached Thursday. Crystal Pirkle, who said she was Ortiz’s best friend, said they were coping as well as could be expected and trying to raise money for a headstone for Ortiz.

Pirkle, 21, described Ortiz as outgoing, a good listener and a good godmother to Pirkle’s 11-month-old daughter and 3-year-old son.

“She always wanted them,” Pirkle said.

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