Friends and family remember Taylor Anderson

By Ryan Nobles - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -  The many friends and family of Chesterfield teacher Taylor Anderson are just beginning to feel the impact of her tragic death.

Anderson's body was found in Japan after she went missing in the moments after the tsunami hit the country.

Her boyfriend and father are on their way to Japan to collect her body and bring it back to Virginia.

From her local private high school, to her small college in Ashland to the halls of Congress in Washington, Taylor Anderson's is being remembered as someone unafraid to go after her passions and live her life to the fullest.

Her life may have ended, but Taylor parents will have plenty to remember her by.  Like the thousands of pictures of her, that Andy and Jean Anderson shared with us, when they were still hopeful she would be found safe.

They were so proud of her life in Japan so confident she would soon be home.

"(She) just made this her dream of going over there and being a teacher," said Jean last Monday.

That confidence was shattered when they learned early Monday morning that their little girl's body had been found.

In a short two sentence statement, the family chose to honor her memory by thinking about those still dealing with the tragedy. It said in part, "Please continue to pray for all who remain missing and for the people of Japan."

It was a sentiment echoed by the president of Randolph-Macon who informed the college community about their fellow graduate's death in a heart-felt note.

"Wherever you are at this moment," Bob Lindgren wrote "please observe a moment of silence reflecting both on the fragility of life and on the significant impact of Taylor's life on so many."

In Richmond, Taylor's alma-mater St. Catherine's, who took a special interest in her search, posted a tribute page, which gave people the opportunity to mourn her loss by posting messages to share their grief.

All this to remember a young woman who appeared to have the world before her, but in her death reminded us all how fragile life can be.

Taylor Anderson is the first confirmed American killed in the Japanese disaster.

As a result her passing was marked by the Governor, U.S. Senators and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor who said in a statement today that "his thoughts and prayers are with the Anderson family and all those who knew and loved her."

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