A memorial service for Taylor Patterson Crane, 16, of West Chester, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, August 5, at Greystone Hall, 1034 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester.
Here are some good links and clarifications on this tragedy:
scroll way down to get the answer from his uncle and his father
This is what happened:
Christopher Crane, Taylor Crane’s father, said in an e-mail message to newspapers that his son fell to his death Friday while playing tag with children. Taylor Crane jumped on a thigh-high wall as part of the game, the father said.
“What he didn’t know (and what the staff and others also didn’t know) was that there was a mine shaft there,” his father wrote. “As he lost his balance and apparently realized his predicament, he tried to jump to a tree that was growing out of the other side of the wall. He never made it.”
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A good friend of my daughter Hannah (fellow artist, Henderson high school student and truth seeker) died last week in a freak accident in Mexico. Taylor fell down a mine shaft, and the searchers are having a difficult time finding his body. Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.
According to our local newspaper:
MEXICO CITY — A 16-year-old tourist from West Chester fell 1,000 feet to his death at an abandoned mine in central Mexico, and rescue workers were trying to recover his body on Saturday.
Felix Velazquez said about 40 searchers have been working on the recovery effort, which has been complicated because the mine is flooded with water that “has a lot of arsenic and lead, and that makes it hard to breathe down there.”
Crane was a student at West Chester Henderson and would have been a member of the class of 2008. According to his MySpace page, he loved music and played many instruments, including the ukulele, piano and guitar. He was also interested in Buddhism and zen philosophy.