Several events honoring Taylor Anderson Thursday

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - There are several events being held Thursday to honor the first American confirmed dead in the Pacific disaster.

The Chesterfield native taught English for more than two years in Japan. She was seen after last month's earthquake, but was killed by the tsunami that followed.

Many schools in central Virginia have been raising money for the Pacific disaster in Taylor's honor.

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Longwood University will have a fund-raising event for Japan.

Her high school alma mater, St. Catherine's set up a memorial fund in Taylor's name.

To date, more than $61,000 in gifts and pledges have been made.

Students at St. Christophers' — where Taylor's brother Jeff went for high school — have also raised money in her honor.

A group at a Long Island, New York church have also raised money in Taylor's honor.

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