Balloon release to honor Farragut teen killed in crash

Taylor Corum volunteering at East Tennessee Children's Hospital (ETCH)

FARRAGUT (WATE) – It’s been a long hard year for the Corum family.

Taylor Corum was killed in April during a car crash. She was a student at Farragut High School and Saturday would have been her 19th birthday.

To honor her life, Corum’s live family and friends held a balloon release. The release was held at the crash site, which is near John Sevier Highway and Circle Oak Drive. Corum’s family provided balloons, but those attending the balloon release also brought their own to honor her memory.

“A lot of people came and brought balloons and released the balloons that we had, and just have nothing but love for our family and Taylor. it’s awesome to see that, it’s awesome to see that love and support,” said Robin Corum, Taylor’s mother.

Corum was a volunteer at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. The hospital created a scholarship in her name after her death.

Poster board birthday cards were laid out on a table for guests to write well-wishes in honor of Taylor. The Corum family says these messages are as much for them as they would be for Taylor.

“It was great and it was awesome to see how many people came out and supported us and her and all the love that was shown to our family and her. it was definitely a rough morning waking up…” said Dylan Corum, Taylor’s brother.

He says his sister would call at midnight to remind him, and her family, that it was her birthday. That phone call didn’t come this morning, but even so, they say they knew Taylor was there.

“To see an eagle outside of its natural habitat, in the middle of a rural area away from mountains and water. That’s we think it is [Taylor] and we’re gonna stick with that until it’s proven different,” said David Corum, Taylor’s father.

Her cousin Skylar Walker shared a similar story. She and Taylor were born four months a part and she says they were best friends. Before the balloon release, Skylar placed a homemade cross on the site of Taylor’s accident. She took a photo and in it, a clear-as-day rainbow that she says she didn’t notice at the time, but just in the photo.

When asked how they would continue to celebrate Taylor’s birthday, Dylan Corum said, “We’re all going to eat Mexican to celebrate because that’s exactly what she would be doing if it was her birthday.”


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