Police Identify Victim In Taylor Avenue Homicide


Daytona Beach, FL - The investigation into a 73-year-old man found dead on the sidewalk from a gunshot wound continues in Daytona Beach.

Early Saturday (Nov. 20) morning, a 911 call from a woman who found the body on the sidewalk after hearing a loud bang brought officers to the 300 block of Taylor Avenue. When police arrived they saw that the man suffered a gunshot wound to the head.

According to a report from the police department, one of the officers identified the man as 73-year-old Kenneth Decker, also known as “Poppa Smurf.” A bullet casing was discovered in the roadway near the deceased.

There are no additional details about the shooting available at this time, including suspect information. We will pass along updates as they come.