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Pedro Taylor Statement

To the best I have been able to detect, this email is in fact from Pedro Taylor in response to the tragedy.

Here is the text of what I received:

Pedro Taylor sent the following message:

Sean Taylor

First and foremost we would like to thank all of the support received by our family during this time. We appreciate the love, support, and prayers received.

A special thanks to the Washington Redskins, University of Miami, the Jackson Ryder Trauma Unit doctor's and staff for all their endless efforts in the fight for Sean's life. Also I would like to thank the City of Florida City Mayor, Commissioners and staff and the community in general and a special thanks to the City of Florida City Police Department and members.

It is with deep regret that a young man had to come to his end so soon. Many of his fans loved him because the way he played football. Many of his opponents feared him the way he approached the game. Others misunderstood him, many appreciated him and his family loved him. I can only hope and pray that Sean's life was not in vain that it might touch others in a special way.

Thanks to all the many, many fans, teammates, and just football fans across the world. I can truly say that for the 24 years that Sean has been in my life I have truly had a great time as a son, friend, parent, a brother, and father.

Our family would like to send a shout out to extend our deepest appreciation to each and every one. Also the media and how they have honored Sean for the man he was.

Again thank you. Funeral arrangements will be announced.

Pedro Taylor and Family

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 27, 2007; 2:00 PM ET
 
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Comments

As I live in Ashburn I'm going to stop by Redskins Park this evening. I'll leave some flowers and a note and I'll sign it from all on the RI blog.

Posted by: Redcoat | November 27, 2007 2:17 PM | Report abuse

A father should never have to bury a child. You and your family will remain in my prayers Mr. Taylor.

Posted by: 4-12 | November 27, 2007 2:18 PM | Report abuse

I feel so bad for his family.

Posted by: jessie31202 | November 27, 2007 2:19 PM | Report abuse

If we all were so shocked to hear this today after hearing last night that he showed signs of improvement, I just, I still can't believe he's gone.

Posted by: jessie31202 | November 27, 2007 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Redcoat.

-Dan

Posted by: 4-12 | November 27, 2007 2:20 PM | Report abuse

RC, thanks, living in the Boston area, I wont have this opportunity. I appreciate the efforts.

I cannot say enough how numb I am. It still doesn't seem real.

Posted by: gregmarino88 | November 27, 2007 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Redcoat - any way we can pitch in some money to add more flowers to your delivery? Paypal, perhaps?

Posted by: FlimFlam | November 27, 2007 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Wow. I thought I was out of tears. What a tragedy. I hope that we as fans can somehow ease the pain of the Taylor family.
(formerly nah)

Posted by: puttinforbird | November 27, 2007 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Mr Taylor has just signposted the way ahead for us - to celebrate Sean's life, not mourn for his loss.

I'm 3,000 miles away - if you can make the vigil please go, and if someone could find a ay to light a candle on my behalf I'd be honoured.

No. 21 baby, all the way! HTTR

Posted by: adriantink | November 27, 2007 2:22 PM | Report abuse

hardest one to read all day

Posted by: connskins | November 27, 2007 2:23 PM | Report abuse

FlimFlam, no need. I'll make sure it's a suitable tribute to a great player. Save any donations of your own for such causes as the family suggests.

Dan, Greg, it's the least I can do. Like I said earlier today, we're all Redskins fans at the moment.

Posted by: Redcoat | November 27, 2007 2:26 PM | Report abuse

TY Redcoat, please keep voting #21...

Posted by: tdskinz | November 27, 2007 2:26 PM | Report abuse

The wife is reporting that Comcast said it will be up to the players and coaches as to whether or not they will play this weekend.

I have reservations that the NFL would agree to that. But comcast is reporting that.

Posted by: Zebraskins | November 27, 2007 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Thanks redcoat. I am going to try to seing by Fed Ex on my way home from work. I wonder if they will be giving the flowers etc, to his family. I could get a teddy bear for his daughter.

Posted by: jessie31202 | November 27, 2007 2:28 PM | Report abuse

FYI A few weeks ago Build-a-Bear had Redskins outfits for the bears.
p.s
that was the only team outfits they had.

Posted by: jessie31202 | November 27, 2007 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Redcoat -

The hardest part of today, I think, was talking to my son, who is the biggest sports fan ever. He works for the U of Texas girls basketball team, and loves being around sports of all kinds.

Last night we argued, because I told him that I thought that Sean would never play again. He was sure that I was wrong, he just had faith in the strength of the man.

When we talked this morning, he couldn't finish a sentence. He couldn't believe that after the hopeful news yesterday evening that this could happen. It was so hard to hear the optimism that he carries with him be crushed.

God Bless Sean Taylor and his family. All of our prayers are with you today.

Posted by: johndinhouston | November 27, 2007 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Redcoat please light a candle there for me. Thanks so much. I also like to thank many of my co-workers who are not Skins fans but have come and giving their condolences. They all know I am a big Taylor fan.

Posted by: jm220 | November 27, 2007 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Of course I'll light a candle for you JM.

Posted by: Redcoat | November 27, 2007 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Shapiro has pulled a Wilboner, albeit with more tact. Have these guys not been watching the team this year? Even the way Sean played looked different from last year. Something had changed, but Sean can never prove them wrong now.

Washington is a city for rebirths (see: Dmitri Young or even Chuck Colson). Sean was more than his criminal record.

Posted by: sxpatr | November 27, 2007 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Alright, Redcoat. Thanks.

Posted by: FlimFlam | November 27, 2007 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for doing that Redcoat....as an out-of-towner, it's much appreciated.

Posted by: mmok | November 27, 2007 2:37 PM | Report abuse

sxpatr don't allow them to upset you. Remember Sean as the man he had become and not the man he was. Or the man they want us to think of him as. Some people just can't focus on the positive change people make and he did make a positive change.

Posted by: jm220 | November 27, 2007 2:37 PM | Report abuse

I have no idea what they'll do with the flowers Jessie, but I'll ask. I fully expect them to have no idea right now as well though...

If the Princess Diana example is anything to go by, they gave the remaining good flowers to churches, sent the dead ones to be recycled, and gave ALL of the cards to the family. The toys were donated to children's homes.

I know this is a very different situation, but I could see something similar being done here, that's why I'd suggest that people wait and make donations to such charities as the family suggest.

Posted by: Redcoat | November 27, 2007 2:39 PM | Report abuse

To all those who can't be there. I am sure you will be there in spirit!!
HAIL TO THE REDSKINS !
HAIL TO SEAN TAYLOR !

Posted by: jessie31202 | November 27, 2007 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I have been a Redskins fan for 36 years and never have I felt as much pain as I do now....my god, I can not stop crying. My only hope is that the terrible suffering that Sean's family is going through right now will heal as quick as humanily possible. I pray for them. Sean, WE LOVE YOU! R.I.P.

Posted by: cevanguelidi | November 27, 2007 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Redcoat you are a real class act and your actions are much appreciated!

Posted by: Soup17 | November 27, 2007 2:43 PM | Report abuse

On the morbid humor side, I have now officially dubbed 'An attempt to use a tragic event to prove the suppositions of one's opinion in a self-righteous, self-aggrandizing manner' as 'Wilbonics'. Had he been more tactful, it would have been merely 'aggravating' rather than 'incendiary', especially on a day like today.

Everyone, stow the hate. Stow the suppositions, the accusations, the recriminations. Focus on the thoughts of strength and heart for Sean's friends and family.

Posted by: FlimFlam | November 27, 2007 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Jessie- You can vote after work, it doesn't end today. Also, you can vote more than once.

Posted by: NCICURN | November 27, 2007 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Help me out here. Shapiro put the following in his article about ST:

"with vicious and often dangerous hits that occasionally got him tossed from games"

I cannot for the life of me recall him getting tossed out of a game, save for the 'spitting incident' versus Tampa Bay.

If I'm wrong, and he did, then I apologize for bringing this up.

Posted by: gregmarino88 | November 27, 2007 2:47 PM | Report abuse

RC has always been a good guy, even at the beginning of the year when Meast was making the Fins O play scared!!

Posted by: tweedr01 | November 27, 2007 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Redcoat, Thanks!

Posted by: Markin21132 | November 27, 2007 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Redcoat!!

Posted by: NCICURN | November 27, 2007 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Mr Taylor need not worry about Sean's life being in vain, he has touched a great many people. I'm Scottish, I stay in Scotland and have been a Skins fan for over 20 years. I can assure Mr Taylor that his son was admired all the way across here in the UK and that this Skins fan has been fighting his way through the rest of his working day with his mind very much elsewhere and with a huge lump in his throat.

RIP Sean. You will never be forgotten.

Posted by: tartanskin | November 27, 2007 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Redcoat,

On behalf of the PDX Skins Fans (Nate, Stumped, Willie, et al) and those near and far thank you for thinking of placing flowers at the vigil for the entire RI community.

(Still trying to come to grips with this...and I have a feeling that come game time a few tears will be shed amongst the assembled Rose City Tribe at On Deck in PDX on Sunday.)

RIP #21.

RIP.

Hail!

Posted by: StumptownChris | November 27, 2007 2:51 PM | Report abuse

new post

Posted by: mmok | November 27, 2007 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Redskins radio just said that a group are getting together around 6PM tonight. I think Jason already said this but just wanted to make sure it was in this thread also.

I wish I could go but there is no way I can make it :-(

Posted by: bsohrabi | November 27, 2007 2:53 PM | Report abuse

I'm in Vegas and can't be there tonight, is there anyway someone could light a candle on my behalf? I would really appreciate it! SEAN WILL ALWAYS BE A REDSKIN! #21 FOREVER!!!!!!!

Posted by: redryan400 | November 27, 2007 2:53 PM | Report abuse

PDXChris- Looking for any nugget of good news on this day...did Mrs. Nate have the baby yet?

Posted by: 4-12 | November 27, 2007 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Dan, Mrs Nate gave birth to a bouncing 9lb 12oz boy last Wednesday.

Posted by: Redcoat | November 27, 2007 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Mr Taylor, I am so sorry for you loss. The NFL has already buried one young star from gun violence this year and is now getting ready to bury another for the same reason. It's just so senseless that lives so young are taken in such a way. God and peace be with you and your family at this most sorrowful time in your lives.

Posted by: bonnie019 | November 27, 2007 3:02 PM | Report abuse

4-12:

I actually was wondering the range of emotions that Nate must be feeling IF his newest was brought into the world, while one of his favorite players was suddenly taken away.

I had been meaning to reach out to Nate, anyway, as I haven't talked to him since before the Philly game due to my family visiting, holidays, etc.

And at that point, I know that the due date had come and gone...

I will send him a quick note and report back if I hear anything.

HTTR!

Posted by: StumptownChris | November 27, 2007 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Or, as usual, Redcoat is on top of it!

Thanks for the great news!!!

Posted by: StumptownChris | November 27, 2007 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Hey RC, any chance you can light a candle for me?

Posted by: redryan400 | November 27, 2007 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Redcoat. I think that might've been a slight smile on my face.

Posted by: 4-12 | November 27, 2007 3:08 PM | Report abuse

I'll light a candle for you too Ryan, yes.

I was glad to hear Nate's good news, and God knows we need some at this time.

Posted by: Redcoat | November 27, 2007 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Thanks RC, your the man!

Posted by: redryan400 | November 27, 2007 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Sean, you will be missed and your memory will affect me and my family. Today all fans of any sport grieve for you. May your family be strong.
Much like the Redskin fan's grieving the loss of Crazy Ray in Dallas, or the tragedy the Springs family is coping with, the Cowboy fan's have are in mourning today. Our historic rivalry creates a great deal of respect between us.
Godspeed and prayers to the Taylor family, his teammates, friends and peers.

Posted by: zaustrew | November 27, 2007 3:22 PM | Report abuse

The most appropriate thing I could think to post.

Death is nothing at all...
I have only slipped away into the next room
I am I, and you are you...
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still...
Call me by my old familiar name, speak to me
in the easy way which you always used.
Put no difference in your tone;
wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effect,
without the ghost of a shadow on it.
Life mean all that it ever meant.
It is the same as it ever was;
there is absolutely unbroken continuity.
What is this death but a negligible accident?
Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am just waiting for you, for an interval.
Somewhere near, just around the corner...
All is well

We may never understand exactly why or how this happened, but the true meaning and value of Sean Taylor's life will unfold in the years ahead if the people whose life he touched are inspired to make the positive changes they need to make in their lives too.

Posted by: Redcoat | November 27, 2007 3:23 PM | Report abuse

My continued prayers will be with the Taylor family. I am a light sleeper and i thought i was dreaming when I heard the news this morning. Although I am very familiar with situations like this being in the funeral industry, I still found myself sitting in bed crying asking "why". I believe that every situation has a reason and some even say a brighter side. Being a season ticket holder I hope that the family, friends, and fans can soon find a way to start the healing process and also figure out what we are suppose to learn from this. I dont know what the funeral plans are I hope that there would be two services. One at Fed-Ex field for his extended family "fans". And a more intimate service in Florida. Sunday will be a little different for us all. I just would like to see Shawn score one last touchdown.

Posted by: jtfisherfunerals | November 27, 2007 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Taylor will be greatly missed, and it is a sad circumstance for his friends and family, particularly his fiancee and young daughter.

As for Wilbon and Shapiro, consider the sources. Both are knee-jerk reactionaries with the common sense of a billy-goat.

At any rate, I personally always liked the fact that Sean Taylor rarely spoke with the media; Art Monk was similar in that way, and I respected it then too.

I also agree re: putting #21 in the Ring Of Honor.

Rest in peace, brother.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | November 27, 2007 4:39 PM | Report abuse

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