Former Audenried hoops star slain in S. Philly

To hear his family tell it, Abdul Taylor was a cheerful guy who loved to talk endlessly about two things: sports and his kids.

No wonder — Taylor had six children and a storied high school basketball career that was ripe for hours of reflection.

But there won’t be any more warm trips down memory lane for Taylor or his family.

Police said the 32-year-old was shot in the head in South Philadelphia on Thursday.

Taylor died yesterday at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania after his family took him off life support, said George Flamer, Taylor’s godfather.

Homicide Sgt. Frank Hayes said investigators know of no motive in Taylor’s slaying and little else to go on, other than a vague description of the shooter.

Taylor was gunned down on Ellsworth Street near 23rd shortly before 9 p.m.

He was in the neighborhood to help his mother, Sabrina, prepare for a family dinner, Flamer said.

“I think she had sent him to the store to get some sugar,” he added, “and then it happened on his way back.”

Flamer said Taylor’s mother is taking the loss of her only son - two days before Mother’s Day - “pretty hard. They were very close.”

In the mid-1990s, Taylor was a standout basketball player at Charles Audenried High School. The 6-foot-tall guard once scored 50 points in a game, and set the school’s record for career points, with 1,266.

In 1996, he was named to the Daily News’ All-City Basketball Team.

Before starring at Audenried, Taylor spent a year at Edward Bok Tech, where he got to know Terrance “Tex” Mack. Mack, a star player for Bok, said the two became lifelong friends.

“Abdul was a good father. He was never in the streets. He wasn’t a street guy,” Mack said. “That’s why this is a real bad blow for me.”

"Going to Audenried worked out nice for him, but I wish we could have kept him at Bok. We would have been even better."

Flamer described his godson as a “happy go-lucky fella who just loved to be around his kids,” who ranged in age from an infant to a high school student.

Taylor, who lived near 31st and Tasker streets, had recently done mentoring work at Audenried, Flamer said.

Tipsters can contact police at 215-686-3334 or -3335.