ASHLAND, VA (WWBT) – The first American reported killed in last month's earthquake and tsunami in Japan, was remembered tonight in Ashland. A memorial service for Chesterfield resident, Taylor Anderson, was held tonight at her alma mater, Randolph Macon College.
It was a very somber service, we heard from many students that interacted with Taylor on campus. Her father was also there just to read one of her more recent journal entries to remember her happier times in Japan.
It was an emotional night for the friends and family of Taylor Anderson, the Chesterfield woman killed after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. At a memorial to remember her life, one thing was clear, she was loved.
"Even though I only had the opportunity to know her for three weeks it only took being around her for five minutes before you understood how passionate she was about all she did and that she loved life and to love her for it," said friend, Elizabeth Watson.
The service was filled with music including a moving tribute by current students. Even those that didn't know her came out to show their support.
"I think you can learn a lot from something like this," said student, James Robinson. "A person who has lived their life like Taylor, never taking a day for granted I think that's a lesson for anyone whether you knew her or not."
"Just hearing the things that were said about her I felt like I got to know her through the service," added another student.
A photo display painted a picture of Taylor as her family and friends remembered her, always smiling. It's that smile her friends will forever miss.
"Even though her life was cut short, it was one of the most amazing lives I've ever known," said Watson.
The service saw about 100 people and lasted just over an hour. Her parents, still grieving her loss, didn't want to talk on camera.