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                         Family members gathered in Inglewood Saturday to lay to rest a 6-year-old South Los Angeles boy who was allegedly beaten to death by a man described as an elementary school coach last month.

Dayvon "DayDay" Taylor was in the care of 23-year-old Tyler D'Shaun Martin-Brand when he suffered injuries that ultimately led to his death later in the day at a hospital, according to Downey Police Department officials and prosecutors.

"(Taylor) died on Dec. 26 after allegedly being severely beaten by Brand at his Downey apartment," the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said in a written statement.

The child had been in Martin-Brand's care for several days over the holiday break, prosecutors said. Family members described him as Taylor's coach at Normandie Avenue Elementary School  in South Los Angeles, where Taylor was a 1st-grade student. Downey police described the suspect as an "acquaintance" of the child's mother. Prosecutors described him as the boy's godfather.

Dayvon Taylor's small casket was adorned with a photo of the boy, as well as colorful characters from the popular video game "Fortnite."

"My son had a lot of love, a lot of love. And it's really touching that he can't be here to see it," father David Nicholson said.

"I loved my son to death. That boy got everything he wanted," said his mother, Kenya Taylor.

Martin-Brand faces charges of murder and assault on a child causing death.

He is scheduled to appear in Los Angeles County Superior Court Thursday to answer to the charges, Los Angeles County Superior Court records show.

Bail has been set at $2 million.

A fund has been established online to help the victim's family with expenses.The supervisor seemed beloved by children at the elementary school where Kenya Taylor’s son, Dayvon, was a first-grader. Tyler Martin-Brand took Dayvon to movies and on play dates with other kids, Taylor said Monday.

The two grew so close, she made her boy his godson.

“He was a joyful person — kids were always with him,” Taylor said Monday. “They loved that coach.”

On Monday, Taylor described her son’s godfather, the supervisor of an after-school program at his South L.A. elementary school — and his alleged killer.Dayvon, 6, died at a Long Beach hospital the day after Christmas. He was “severely” beaten earlier that day by Martin-Brand at his Downey apartment, prosecutors alleged Monday in charging him with murder and assault on a child leading to a death.

“I wish somebody could get ahold of him and make him feel the way my heart feels, my family feels, my son felt,” Taylor said. “Never, never, never stop feeling it. I want him to suffer every day of his life.”

Martin-Brand, 23, made a brief appearance Monday in the Downey branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court, where a judge continued his arraignment to Jan. 16 and set bail at $2 million. If convicted on both counts, Martin-Brand would face a maximum sentence of 25 years to life, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said in a statement.

Martin-Brand’s attorney couldn’t be reached for comment. His family members, who packed the courtroom, declined to comment. More than a dozen of Dayvon’s relatives attended the proceeding as well. In an acknowledgment of the tension that filled the courtroom, sheriff’s deputies kept Martin-Brand out of view, in a side hallway where he was visible only to his attorney, the prosecution and the judge.

Taylor said she first met Martin-Brand in the summer of 2018 at her son’s school, Normandie Avenue Elementary. He asked if he could take Dayvon to the movies, she said. Given that he was an employee of the Los Angeles Unified School District, Taylor said she trusted he had been vetted and was safe for children to be around. Martin-Brand is a program supervisor for LAUSD’s Beyond the Bell after-school program, a district spokeswoman said.

Dayvon’s parents separated about four years ago, his father, David Nicholson, told The Times on Saturday. The two were co-parenting Dayvon and his younger sister. Nicholson told The Times his son’s mother had expressed that the boy needed a father figure, a role she told him Martin-Brand — whom she called “Coach Ty” — had stepped into.

“I kept hearing coach this, coach that,” Nicholson said. “I was like, ‘Who is this guy? Why is he spending time with my son?’”

About three months after meeting him, Taylor made Martin-Brand her son’s godfather because the two seemed to get along so well, she said.

“I got close to him. I put my trust in him,” she said. “I can’t believe it all came apart so fast.” She said she was never involved romantically with Martin-Brand.

Taylor declined to discuss the day of Dayvon’s death, saying only that she left her son in Martin-Brand’s care on Christmas because she was moving and wanted to surprise her son with the new apartment. Martin-Brand brought Dayvon to her apartment the following day, she said.

According to Downey police, who are investigating the boy’s death, Dayvon was taken that evening to St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach with life-threatening injuries and died shortly after arriving. His death was ruled a homicide; Martin-Brand was arrested that day.

Before the boy’s death, Taylor said she saw nothing to indicate or suggest Dayvon was being abused. “I wouldn’t have tolerated it,” she said.

Martin-Brand is accused of brutally battering Dayvon Taylor on Thursday. The boy was taken to St Mary Medical Center in long beach where he was pronounced dead. The boy’s grandfather, David Nicholson Sr, told ABC 7 that he called Martin-Brand, a coach at Dayvon’s school, after the alleged attack and he admitted to battering the boy. ‘He said “I was trying to discipline him.” I said, “You know where you’re going now, you’re going to jail.” He said, “I know,”‘ Nicholson Sr said.
                      
                                       
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