Tayler Rand Rock, 22, Arkansas City, KS. 2014…
ARKANSAS CITY, Kansas – It’s the last night of the month, the last day in May of 2014. You are driving home with your child on a fairly secluded stretch of road in the south-eastern most portion of Kansas. Suddenly a police car stops you and then, then what was supposedly a, “routine traffic stop” turns into one of the worst days of a family’s life.
One gun shot rings out. Then a second. Then a third. Followed rapidly by two more gunshots. And Mr. Tayler Rand Rock, 22, of Arkansas City, KS. is dead. His one year old child in a car seat, just inches away from him, I fear, saw it all.
A call for help and, “shots fired, shots fired” goes out over the police radio. Within mere minutes a stretch of secluded highway becomes like a long and then a short version of, “Friday Night Lights.”
Teaming with police, ambulance, special investigators and more. Before the day is over the young man who had so much talent, was such a gift from God to his family and friends, would be labeled by police and special investigator David Falletti with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (K.B.I.) as a ‘rabid kid strung out on pot that needed to be put down’.
I have delayed, just a bit, in putting this blog post out because of the sensitive nature of this case. The key players. And frankly the state in which this crime of passion took place. Kansas. Home of the multimillionaire Koch Brothers, Charles and David, Koch Industries in Wichita, KS.
“Sons of Wichita: How the KOCH BROTHERS became America’s Most POWERFUL and PRIVATE DYNASTY..” By Daniel Schulman
Topeka, the State’s Capitol, is so fraught with corruption, innuendo and insinuation its a wonder how the 46th Governor and former United States Senator for Kansas, The Honorable Samuel D. Brownback, makes it through a day without taking several showers to wash all that Koch filth off his body or maybe, just maybe, he is in on it to?
The Honorable Samuel D. Brownback, the 46th Governor of the State of Kansas…
Not to long ago I shared with this audience about two very, very important questions that one needs to ask themselves everyday, and I would to God wished that I could have asked these two questions of Tayler Rand Rock before he died but I have asked these two questions of his family ,of his Uncle Patrick Lane of Wichita, KS. Toward the end of a three-hour telephone interview I had with him on Wednesday night, and that is this,
“Who Am I? (And) Why Me?”
If a person or an entire family will ask themselves these two questions and then answer them by getting into their roots, their background, their case history then crimes of passion like these will not ever happen again. Or and at the very least be used as an excuse to cover things up.
Facebook Profile Picture of Tayler Rand Rock…
By all accounts from his Uncle, Tayler was the best kid you would ever want to meet. Growing up it was noted early on that Tayler had a love and passion for music, making music, singing, such was second only to his dad, Regan Rock, and his Uncle.
Mr. Regan Rock. Perhaps one of the greatest musicians and talents in modern times. Father of Tayler Rand Rock…
Tayler’s Uncle shared with me that at the early going, almost immediately, he noticed Tayler’s talent when at two years old he took Tayler for a ride one day, and while riding in the car and listening to the radio, Tayler took to singing along. Patrick to. ‘Really singing the song’ he said. All of the sudden, ‘I stopped singing for just a minute and I began to hear one of the best tones to a musical note I had ever heard in my life and it was coming from Tayler, and this kid is like two years old at the time, and it was then that I knew he had the gift for singing. For music.’
But such didn’t stop their. Tayler excelled in everything. Whether it was music, sports, scholastic aptitude. ‘I mean this kid could do it all’, Patrick shared. ‘And he had the look, he was, he knew how to dress, wear nice clothes, was just the nicest kid in school, well liked, popular. Made good grades, excelled in sports.’
And by all accounts elsewhere this is in fact the case. Across Arkansas City or ‘Ark City’, Kansas, where Tayler and his family are from. Tayler was the ‘all around kid’. Fun. Funny. Fun-loving. Helpful. Polite to his core. Down to earth. And always, always, always ‘ready to sing a song’.
It mattered not the day or the hour if you asked Tayler Rock to sing he would! And at the drop of a hat. Watch!
So I’m reading and getting more and more into Tayler Rock’s life, and I am at a loss as to why the so-called Justice System here in America, and in particular the State of Kansas and Cowley County where Tayler was killed, that very same so-called Justice System would do in this well-rounded, well liked, well thought of and extremely talented young man?
A County Map of Cowley County, KS.
And on this secluded stretch of State and U.S. Highway???
See the marked by a black line (bottom right hand corner of the photo), K-15/U.S. Hwy. 166. This is the stretch of road that Tayler Rand Rock, 22, was murdered on, on the night of Saturday, 31 May 2014…
I kept asking myself, delaying this report all the while. Not because I didn’t want to take this story to press. I most assuredly do! Of that there can and should be no mistake.
I haven’t been in the best of health lately, and I was deeply curious about where the police stood. Where the Justice System for Cowley County, KS. stood on this issue.
Cowley County, KS. Attorney Christopher Smith, speaking at a formal press conference on the investigation into the death of Tayler Rand Rock, 22, of Ark City, KS. USA…
I wanted to be fair. Allow all points of view to be heard. So I reached out to the Cowley County, Kansas Attorney’s Office.
The Cowley County Sheriff’s Department.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (K.B.I.) and their lead investigator Dave Falletti for this particular case.
Even the Kansas Highway Patrol (State Police) at which point there I was referred to and spoke directly with a Franklin J. Turin, who identified himself to me over the telephone as a ‘Special Investigator’ for the State Police and one ‘who was chiefly interested in why I was so interested in this case’ and that ‘moving forward I had to deal with him on it’.
All concerned both earlier today and this evening referred me to this Closing Report-Tayler Rock Death Investigation. (An After Action Report…)
All were nice enough because they had to be but smart enough to not give me anymore than what I was asking for in the way of answers.
By the way, and in the interests of full disclosure I merely asked for press releases and semi-public to public statements of expression on this case. Because I knew when getting in to Freedom of Information Act Request and Privacy Request I would be even far more delayed in releasing this posting.
And so I was deeply desirous to hear both sides. Having official/UN-official perspective and that of the family’s perspective helps you the reader decide for yourselves whether or not there is a legitimate grievance. The family maintains that there is.
Ms. Ana Bedolla, one-time girlfriend of Tayler Rand Rock, and the mother of one of his children. A 2004 Instagram Photo…
Enter Ana Bedolla. By all accounts Ana Bedolla and Tayler Rock had a lengthy and at time tumultuous relationship at best. Having a child but never becoming formally engaged to each other and then getting married to settle down and raise the baby accordingly.
This is the baby child of Tayler Rand Rock and Ana Bedolla…
This precious angel. Who was in the car the night her father, pictured with her as well, was killed.
It has been said that Ana Bedolla had it in for Tayler, especially after their relationship officially ended in the early going of 2014.
That she looked for any and every excuse to ‘stick it to Tayler’ in some way. Additionally that she used a connection or connections she had, had with the Cowley County Sheriff’s office to facilitate Tayler Rand Rock’s demise.
It would be one thing to say Tayler Rock had it coming. Was a bad father to his two small children, which he was not by the way in fact.
By all accounts he was an excellent father, caring only and always for the welfare and betterment of his two little girls. Whatever this little angel above and this little angel
‘Baby Doll’ Rock. The oldest daughter of Tayler Rand Rock…
here needed heaven and earth were moved until these two babies got whatever it was that they needed. Period. Full stop.
But it has been contended by Tayler’s family and I believe them based on the Who Am I, Why Me axiom, that Ana Bedolla was deeply concerned about the welfare of her child and that Ms. Bedolla herself reached out to authorities with the Cowley County Sheriff’s Department and this man …
Officer Steve Deill, Cowley County Sheriff’s Department.
A veteran with the Cowley County Sheriff’s department for nearly a decade responded but not for or in the interests of the child but for a ‘routine traffic stop’ on suspicion of Tayler Rock driving on an expired license. Officer Steve Deill befriended Ana Bedolla through her work with the county jail system there in Cowley County, KS.
It has been reported that Officer Deill would pick Ana up from her home daily, during the week, and take her to and from work in his truck. And that they would be seen together in various places throughout Cowley County, KS. Either shopping or eating lunch/dinner together.
Although Ms. Bedolla maintains that the relationship between her and Officer Deill is ‘friendly in nature’. The family of Tayler Rock contends more based on evidence and Bedolla’s very own words to Tayler’s Uncle Patrick and Tayler’s Step Father Darren Parke just days after Tayler’s death on the front porch of the family’s home.
Ana came to Patrick and pulled him aside to say ‘look I want you to know I had nothing to do with this. And even though Tayler and I had our issues he was a good father to our baby and this is not my fault’.
Repeating, ‘I had nothing to do with this and the Deputy is just a friend and he was helping me out with the baby’.
Hold that thought won’t you?
Of course and in the process of initial events unfolding there was zero mention of a child, welfare thereof, etc. In fact what has been mentioned, and what was mentioned in the days that followed by Cowley County Officialdom is that this was ‘a routine traffic stop gone horribly wrong’. Furthermore that the child was discovered in the car by the officer ‘merely by accident’. Hmm. That’s interesting.
Cowley County Sheriff Don Read speaks with reporters and press in the atrium of the Cowley County Courthouse in Winfield, KS on 02 June 2014 about the ongoing investigation into the death of 22yr. old Tayler Rand Rock of ‘Ark City’, KS. USA on 31 May 2014…
Because this ‘accidentally discovered after the fact child, a one year old baby girl, the same baby girl pictured slightly above, was in fact in
Tayler Rock’s Green Ford Taurus. Returned by Investigators to the Family in the late Summer/early Fall of 2014…
the rear seat of this car when her daddy was murdered, outright, by Officer Deill on the night of Saturday, 31 May 2014.
Can you imagine?
Again I ask, and can only ask, will continue to ask, “Who Am I? Why Me?”
Additionally is this Justice Served? Is the putting down a rabid kid, strung out on pot the night he died, really a necessary act?
As if he was some kind of rabid animal. Craven. Crazed. Wild eyed and ready to kill Officer Deill. It’s for crap folks!
Tayler Rand Rock was a good kid. A great young adult. Who was, prior to his death, well on his way to musical stardom.
Yet, still, and all it became somehow abundantly clear to Officer Steve Deill that he had no choice in the matter. Tayler Rand Rock was ‘high’ on pot’ and he had to be put down, he was resisting arrest, resisting repeated commands and more. Advancing toward the Officer in a threatening manner with his upper most torso, hands and arms sticking out the driver’s side window when he was stopped. Such are the makings of a crazed individual are they not?
And so CASE CLOSED. We must, must move on from all this. Get past this. Yeah it’s tough as nails we know but hey THE MAN’S gotta do what the Man wants to do. Consequences. Desires. Wishes of the accused be damned. Especially the cries of a one year old child.
Who Am I? Why Me?
Why would police elect to kill Tayler Rock? What is the reason behind it?
I mean aside from the usual public contentions. He was young. Socially active. Upwardly mobile. Smoked a little grass to relieve stress. And on occasion posted varying concerns about police brutality on his Facebook Page and other social media.
And this was somehow a problem perhaps? I would say or answer, “Not entirely…”
In fact what I would say is that all of these things. The friendly in nature only relationship Officer Deill has with Ana Bedolla, Tayler’s last girlfriend, and Shea Carusoul his first girlfriend and the mother of his first child. To manipulate. To set Tayler Rand Rock up for a fall because of who he is and why he is.
The Rock Family name is synonymous with Kansas and in particular American life as we know it. Rock, KS. (an Unincorporated township is named for Tayler’s Family…)
Going back to the very early days of the State the Rock family was instrumental in establishing towns, cities and villages across the State. Building roads, bridges, highways, and more across the grasslands and plains.
The Rock Family has always had a place at the table. But and of late it would seem or appear, at the very least to this author, that such is in major contention with someone.
Someone, somewhere has it in for the Rock Family. Starting with Tayler. You see killing off the young first is the mark if a good hunter. It keeps them from coming after you especially if, on the rare occasion, you elect to kill off the older ones in the family first.
The younger ones will come after you hunter. Whoever you are. So my hat, personally, is off in a sense to you. But you left out the fact of the wrath of an angry mother. It is ‘Diary of a Mad Black Woman’ come to life. BIG MISTAKE on your parts. #sadbuttrue
Enter Mrs. Jacqueline Parke. Folks! I have had the honor and privilege of knowing many powerful and important people in my life. Many of them women. And let me tell you Jacqueline Parke is as powerful, important and as determined as ever to bring to Justice the MURDERERS of her child. Bottom line.
Mrs. Jacqueline Parke with her son Tayler Rand Rock…
She has dug in. And is, according to her brother Patrick, ‘getting fire back into her belly’.
Daily she posts to the ‘Murders!’ of her son Tayler. Exposing them publicly for the lies and innuendo that they have spread against the blood stained super highway of the information age where technology and modern man collide.
They say you do not want to be on the wrong side of history well I say you don’t want to be on the wrong side of ‘Ms. Jackie’!
Woe be unto those who would do harm to a living mother’s children.
I do not envy the individuals who will continue to be exposed for the MURDERS that they truly are.
As I draw this posting to a close I have been struck in my spirit by two things. First the encounter I had by phone with Mr. Patrick Lane earlier this week.
He is as posed and determined as ever to bring to Justice himself the killers of his nephew who was more like a son to him since he was instrumental in Tayler’s upbringing.
I was struck by his pose. And his candor. He was honest and direct with me. Answering every one of my questions without fail or exception. Holding nothing back. Telling the truth to its fullest about his son.
And although it was just one of many conversations I hope to have with Patrick I was particularly awestruck with this one because it was as if while we were speaking I could feel a presence. The presence of Tayler. Over the phone. I could hear, faintly, the laughter of innocent youth. The smiles of a proud son toward a dad who was speaking proudly about his child.
I could sense and hear distantly, the words, “At a boy Unc! You tell this man about me. Who I was. I appreciate that. I love you. I love you. I love you…” These words were repeated and repeated almost entirely through our near three-hour telephone conversation.
Mr. Patrick Lane, Mrs. Jacqueline Parke & Mr. Tayler Rock…
Second, I was struck by the talent in Tayler. His ability to sing. Write his own music and openly express himself in ways like this. Watch!
Time and again Tayler would do two things throughout his life. Go to great lengths to be the best father he could be to his children. Working tirelessly for them. And he would sing like no other. Determined to do something with his God-given talent to make his children’s lives and that of his own life all the more better.
This kid was no craven pot head who was stopped for some sort of minor infraction that went terribly wrong as the police state for Cowley County, KS. contends!
This was a good kid. A decent young adult. A true human being of the world. A fellow citizen, a fellow traveler on life’s highway.
And because of a crime of passion, “officially”, and a family background that would make anyone envious. The stars aligned and under the darkness of a secluded U.S. Highway system through a stretch of Southeast Kansas it was deemed necessary for Tayler Rock to succumb, to be a pawn in a craven dream of delusions of grandeur and power from Topeka to Denver, CO for someone. (???)
I hearken aback to Who Am I? Why Me? Because a man named Tyrone Rollins taught me how to ask that. Taught me about asking those two all-important yet simple questions of yourself and your roots.
This murder was not a crime of passion or a routine traffic stop gone horribly wrong. It was because of who Tayler Rand Rock was and why he was here. More importantly why the Rock family is here and why it is so important for the officialdom across Kansas to get rid of them. By any means necessary.
A song has been in my head for the last three days since my telephone conversation with Patrick Lane ended and I will close this posting with it. Watch!
And UNTIL Justice is SERVED for Tayler Rand Rock I will not rest. I will be stuck in the middle. With LOVE for his Family and LOVE for A System and Rule of Law not seen or heard since the foundations of the free world were laid.