On Saturday, May 16, two Taylor teenagers died after an ATV accident.
According to the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, on Saturday, deputies responded to a call for a crash at 4:30 p.m. at CR 482. There were three juveniles on board of the ATV. Two died in the accident and the third sustained minor injuries.
The teens were identified as Tyler Cobb and Jace Gill. Both Cobb, 15, and Gill, 14, were students at Taylor ISD.
After reports of the accident, there was an outpouring of remembrance and condolences from people in Taylor and the surrounding communities.
“We are deeply saddened with the recent loss of two of our students. We will remain committed to supporting their families while offering our condolences,” said Taylor ISD Superintendent Keith Brown.
On Sunday afternoon, friends and loved ones of the victims held a balloon release at Taylor High School. During the event the community prayed for the family and the community.
“We are deeply saddened to lose Tyler. He was the most amazing kiddo,” said Shelli Cobb, Tyler’s mother. “Although his life was short, he lived it big. He loved everyone, made everyone feel accepted, and was a true example of how to be you without fear or judgement. He was an inspiration, a bright light, the joy of our lives.”
On Monday evening, community members came together again for a candlelight service at First Baptist Church in Taylor.
Brown said the district has made counselors available as a support system during this time.
“Taylor ISD will work with our families, students and the community to work through this tragedy together,” he said. “Students can contact their campus counselors for any support they may need.”
Resources for grief and loss training is posted to the Taylor ISD Facebook page.