Former Fruita Monument student killed in Vietnam boat sinking

Samantha Kay Taylor, a former student who graduated Fruita Monument High School in 2006, was one of the Americans killed in the recent sinking of a Vietnamese tour boat.

Her father says she was “every parent’s dream.”

Taylor graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in May and had been teaching in China. Her boyfriend, CU student George Fosmire, survived but his father told The Associated Press that an unidentified friend they were traveling with also died.

Taylor’s father, Edward Taylor, lives in Norfolk, Va. In a statement given to Boulder’s Daily Camera newspaper, he said she had a great intellect but was well-rounded and very loving.

Taylor graduated with degrees in math and physics. She worked to promote recycling at the university’s environmental center. She also helped build an after-school program aimed at getting elementary and middle school students interested in in science.

Taylor, who went by “Sam”, was involved in a host of activities at the high school including drama club, the math club, tennis and the National Honor Society.

“She was one of those people who lives for adventure,” said Trey Downey, a student teacher at Fruita Monument High School. Downey and Taylor were in the same graduating class.

“She was the funniest, happiest, bubbliest person you could encounter,” he said.

- Sentinel staff reporter Amy Hamilton contributed to this report.

 


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