Vigil held to honor Taylor Anderson and other Japan victims

Taylor Anderson
Taylor Anderson

By Evrod Cassimy – bio | email

ASHLAND, VA (WWBT) – Today marks day six in the search for missing Virginian Taylor Anderson. She's one of thousands still missing after the recent pacific disaster in Japan. A vigil was held at Randolph Macon College tonight where she graduated after students learned she had not been found as previously thought.

They aren't giving up hope though. Even though its days since the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan they believe Taylor is still out there somewhere trying to find a way to contact her family here in the states.

Nearly 100 people packed the campus center at Randolph Macon College Wednesday night to take part in a vigil for the lives lost in the pacific disaster. On the minds of everyone was Taylor Anderson, an alumni that still hasn't been found.

"I know that if she's at the school where they say she is that they're all working together to help each other and that they'll be fighting through this," said Taylor's friend, Erin McNeill.

McNeill and Taylor were sorority sisters and only knew each other for a few months. Still, she was touched to see that others felt it was important to show their support for one of their former colleagues and friends.

"It was wonderful," said McNeill. "Very touching to show that everyone can take a few minutes out of their night to come together as a community and reflect on this moment."

And at this moment, the US State Department has now joined in the search with help from neighbors. Mayumi Nakamura was overwhelmed that so many people care about the place she calls home.

"It's really been a learning opportunity," said Nakamura. "It's been a reminder because you never be reminded how you live your life unless something unexpected happens."

And with each candle lit, these students aren't giving up hope that Taylor is still out there, and will one day come back home.

Another vigil is being held Thursday for Taylor Anderson and the other victims of the pacific disaster. This time at her old high school Saint Catherine's tomorrow at 12:20 p.m.

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