TX: 15-year-old killed in hunting accident
April 24, 2010
Teen victim to be remembered during memorial service Saturday
A friend of a teen-age boy who died in a hunting accident earlier this
week has organized a memorial service this weekend to remember Devin Taylor.
Taylor, 16, died in a hunting accident Monday night near Enterprise.
Matthew Kooser, 15, a freshman at Abilene High School, said the memorial
service will be from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday in the rose garden in
Kooser will give the opening remarks and Abilene students Katie Burnett
and Tanner Davis will address those in the audience. Kooser said there will
be a time for others to talk and express their feelings and share stories.
Pastor Stan Norman will be there to pray and give spiritual guidance.
At 9:30 p.m., candles will be lit and a prayer offered and those who plan
to attend can socialize and reminisce.
Those who want to attend should bring a candle and lawn chair or blanket.
Kooser's face lit up when asked about Devin. "He was really squirrelly,"
Kooser said and broke out with a smile. "He was always joking about
something, but Devin never meant any harm."
Taylor was always optimistic and when his friends got down he always was
there to lend comfort and encouragement, Kooser said.
"Devin was a good athlete," Kooser said. "He could spin a basketball on
his finger and he could let it spin for an hour."
His friend liked to hunt.
"I know it was a complete accident Monday," Kooser said. "I was pretty
shocked when I heard about it. I stayed up in my room and cried for about an
hour and a-half."
Kooser said he last saw Taylor after school this past Monday and he had
kidded Taylor about his new haircut. Kooser ribbed him pretty good, he
"I didn't mean anything by it, but I wondered what his last thoughts of
me were. I'm definitely a lot more careful about what I?have to say."
He wanted to organize a memorial service for his friend so that other
friends could have closure.
"We wanted to do this not only for ourselves but for the community and
high school," Kooser said. "Devin was a friend to everyone. He never said
anything bad to anyone. He did so much for all of us. He was the ultimate
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