Police arrested Amir Jamal, 18, who lives near the playground, and charged him with murder and related offenses. Police said he fired into the crowd during the fracas.
Nyeme Sharad Taylor, who lived in North Philadelphia, was a young man with a bright future. A sharp dresser who kept himself in shape at his home gym, he had proved himself as a good businessman and manager of the family business, Taylor's Personal Care, a nursing facility on Hunting Park Avenue near Schuyler Street.
He also had proved himself as a devoted husband and father and was looking forward to celebrating the 12th anniversary of his marriage to Tanya Cherie Taylor on July 15.
He liked to take the kids to Atlantic City, where they enjoyed swimming in the surf, as well as amusement parks and other fun places.
Nyeme also was devoted to his parents, Barry Lee and Teresa Elizabeth Taylor. He had a standing monthly appointment to have lunch with his mother.
"He was a true and dedicated family man who had very high values and visions," his family said.
Nyeme was a role model for youths in the neighborhood, and they and family members sought him out for his sound advice about life.
Nyeme was born in Philadelphia. He earned his high-school diploma and also studied business administration, and he previously worked at the Wachovia/Wells Fargo Center as supervisor of concessions.
"His smile was contagious," his family said. "He always had a way of making people feel better, even when things were not going well.
"He came from a close-knit family and always made himself available to any family member in need."
Besides his wife, daughter and parents, Nyeme is survived by four sons, Elgin, David, Robert and Lamar; another daughter, Tanayea; a grandmother, Mary Taylor; five brothers, Eric, Derrick, Darnell, Barry and Harvey, and one sister, Tynisha.
Services: Were Tuesday.