I put Taranika Raymond‘s name into Newslibrary again today and found what I think is her brother’s obituary from June 2005. It’s from the New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Darnell Quintrell “Hell” Dorsey, a student at First Ward High School in Pine Bluff, Ark., died Saturday of gunshot wounds at Porter and Johnson streets. He was 17. Mr. Dorsey was born in New Orleans and lived in Pine Bluff. Survivors include his companion, Angelia Holiday; a daughter, Amiah Dianna Dorsey; his mother, Betty Dorsey; his stepfather, Kenneth Johnson; two brothers, Charles Raymond Jr. and Terrell Dorsey; two sisters, Taranika Raymond and Marion Dorsey; and his grandparents, Betty Cheneau and Simmuel Raymond Sr.
I looked up Darnell’s name and discovered that he was arrested for murder less than a year before his disappearance. The press release notes his address as north Derbigny Street — the same street Taranika lived on; presumably they lived together. He would have only been about seven years old at the time of her disappearance. I wonder what happened with the murder charge. I think it must have been dropped or something. If Darnell was awaiting trial for murder they would hardly have let him attend high school out of state.
It sounds like Taranika lived in a very troubled home. I hope she really did run away and has a better life now, but the passage of time since her disappearance and her young age — she was thirteen — makes me wonder if she is dead.