Pastor’s Son Murdered Outside Florida Church

(TargetDailyNews.com) – Florida police are struggling to determine the motive in the shooting death of a pastor’s son outside the church where he lived and worshipped. Roderick Wilson Jr., 20, was shot and killed outside of the Pentecostal Church of God in Winter Haven. He was living in an apartment on the property, according to a press release from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

Police received a report of a body from someone who happened to pass by the property around 2 a.m. on Sunday, October 22nd. Upon investigation, they found Wilson dead with several gunshot wounds.

Taquion “Quan” Cotton, 22, is charged with his murder. Police said Cotton drove to the church that night and had an initial altercation with Cotton in the street. The men shoved each other and talked loudly, but Cotton ultimately drove away. Surveillance video indicates that Cotton returned to the church sometime later that evening and the men had further words before Cotton pulled out a gun and shot Wilson multiple times. Wilson was lying on the ground bleeding out for an hour before he was discovered, dead.

He’s been described by friends and family as a good man who had no prior criminal history. He was working and living at the church where his father was a pastor. Police said Cotton has been arrested 17 times, but had no prior felony convictions. Homicide investigators quickly identified his car in the video, and Cotton’s mother helped them find him.

When approached by authorities to be questioned, he’s alleged to have assaulted a random woman who was at her residence, putting her in a chokehold and attempting to force entry into her home. Police and Cotton’s mother struggled to get him to comply with the cops. He allegedly bit his mother in the process.

Police are offering a $5,000 reward to anyone who turns in the firearm used in the killing. They are also asking any witnesses to come forward as they attempt to determine the original reason for the disagreement between the men.

Cotton was slapped with charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping, battery, burglary, resisting arrest, and tampering with evidence, among other charges.

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