Alabama man identified as employee slain at Slidell car dealership

Published: Sep. 17, 2022 at 9:02 AM CDT
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SLIDELL, La. (WVUE) - The man allegedly slain by a co-worker at the Hyundai Slidell car dealership has been identified as 22-year-old Zakary Stewart of Alabama, the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s office said Saturday (Sept. 17).

Authorities said 23-year-old Brian Taylor was arrested Friday night and booked with manslaughter in connection with the killing of Stewart, who was fatally shot around 5:30 p.m. at the dealership’s service center.

Brian Taylor, 23, was booked with manslaughter in connection with the Sept. 16 shooting death...
Brian Taylor, 23, was booked with manslaughter in connection with the Sept. 16 shooting death of co-worker Zakary Stewart at the Hyundai Slidell car dealership, authorities said.(Slidell Police Department)

According to Slidell Police, both employees had been “allegedly feuding for the past week,” but that the dispute escalated Friday, with Taylor pulling a gun and fatally shooting Stewart.

“An argument should never result in this level of violence,” Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal said in a statement. “This was a senseless killing that never should have happened. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by this incident.”

Friday’s homicide was the first in Slidell in 2022, the department said.

Family members said Zakary Stewart, 22, left his home of Cullman, Ala., to work as a car...
Family members said Zakary Stewart, 22, left his home of Cullman, Ala., to work as a car salesman at Hyundai Slidell, where police said he was fatally shot by a co-worker on Friday (Sept. 16).(Photo provided by family)

Coroner Dr. Charles Preston said Stewart recently moved to Slidell from Cullman, Ala., but had no permanent local address. He was staying with friends on West End Boulevard in Slidell and working at the dealership, Preston said.

In a statement sent to Fox 8, Stewart’s family members called his death “a senseless act of violence” that didn’t just take a life, but also “took the life of one of the most caring individuals you could meet. Zak had his whole life ahead of him.”

Fandal said Taylor was arrested after fleeing into a wooded area behind the dealership, which is off Interstate 10 at Howze Beach Road.

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