Taylor Combs, freshman, died the evening of Sunday, Nov. 25.
On Tuesday, Nov. 27, her father, Joshua Combs, released the following statement on Facebook.
“I write this with a very heavy and broken heart, so please forgive the lack of eloquence and proper grammar. I was blessed with two beautiful girls, who are the light and joy of my life. On Sunday evening we experienced a tragic loss of life. Taylor was like sunshine that touched everyone’s life, she could brighten the darkest of rooms and brought joy to all. She was kind, compassionate, loving, beautiful, very intelligent, comical, always happy (on the outside). Unfortunately, Taylor, carried deep within her a sadness and feeling of loss that no one, not even her closest of family and friends knew. This sadness was so overwhelming that she felt the only way out was to take her own life. The grief we feel at this time is indescribable, and we know that there are no words that can take that feeling away. However, with this great sorrow we are experiencing, we also take refuge in knowing that our family is so much larger than thought.
“Please come and join us on Monday 12/3 at 4pm where we will celebrate Taylor’s Life at Willamette Christian Church – 3153 S Brandywine Drive, West Linn, OR 97068.”
The Monday following Combs’ death, counselors from all over the district were available in the Forum for students who were affected by Combs’ death. They continue to be available in the conference room in the main office.