Those who knew Taylor have recalled a vibrant child who loved reading, dancing and singing. She enjoyed telling her friends in the Reading Partners program about her family or weekend activities, and would end every one-on-one reading session with a big hug.
“Taylor made waking up early to go read to her a joy for me,” said Carrie Wells, a former Baltimore Sun reporter who read to Taylor. “She would beg to play games like Go Fish, and it was hard to say ‘no’ to her because of the way her eyes would light up when you would say ‘yes.’”
On Friday, neighbors gathered for a vigil and celebration of the girl’s life. City Councilman Kristerfer Burnett said the child’s mother had been “blown away” by an outpouring of support from the community.