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Summer Taylor, a 24-year-old veterinary technician, died in July after a car ran into a protest against Black Lives Matter.
Using them / her / her pronouns, Taylor worked at Urban Animal, a three-location veterinary clinic in the Seattle area.
Dalia Taylor, her mother, said during a news conference that Summer was a resourceful, caring kid who loved animals and they dreamed of one day attending veterinary college at Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
“Summer spoke up for what they believe in and continued to work full time to share their love for their patients. Unfortunately, we’ll never know what Summer could have done and her voice was silenced, ”said a statement from the Washington State Association of Veterinary Technicians. “Summer lives on in the patients whom you helped along the way.”
Urban Animal posted memories, photos, and comments about Taylor on social media.
“Summer Taylor wasn’t just a friend or co-worker, they were family to most of us,” wrote a former co-worker on Facebook. “They have a variety of amazing qualities, but some of my favorites will always be their infectious laughs, their ability to make everyone smile, the care they put into their work, and their determination to make this world a better place do. ”
A Seattle man was charged with vehicle murder, vehicle assault and reckless driving for driving a car through protesters on I-90, killing Taylor and seriously injuring another protester, Diaz Love.
A GoFundMe page created in support of Taylor accepts donations. The site had raised over $ 78,000 at the time of going to press in mid-July.
“We will work with her family to find out how the funds raised here will be managed. We’re all in shock and we’re still trying to come to terms with the loss of this incredible light, ”said Becky Gilliam, the fund’s organizer, in a statement on the site. “We ask you to respect your loved ones during this time.”