October 29th, 2009
10:46 PM ET

Taylor Mitchell's mother thanks the public for their support

The mother of Taylor Mitchell, the Canadian folksinger who was killed by coyotes while hiking at a national park in Nova Scotia, wants the public to know their condolences and support are very much appreciated. Emily Mitchell has just released the following statement:

"On behalf of my family, I want to express my deepest thanks for the outpouring of condolences and support from Taylor's friends and fans, near and far. My thanks to the hikers who called 911, the RCMP officer who first arrived on the scene and did his utmost to help her, as well as the incredible doctors and nurses at Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Halifax who tried desperately to save her. I wish to also thank RCMP's Victims Services, and the Atlantica Hotel who've gone out of their way to support us during this difficult time.

There are no words to describe my grief. Taylor was my shining light, my baby, my confidante and best friend. My world is turned upside down and forever transformed without her. I don't know how to move forward from here but I know that she would want that for me and I will try to do that in her memory and celebrate her life in the way she lived it– with passion,
commitment and an unbridled loving heart.

I've noticed that the media have often mentioned that Taylor was hiking alone when the coyote attack occurred. I want people to know that Taylor was a seasoned naturalist and well versed in wilderness camping. She loved the woods and had a deep affinity for their beauty and serenity. Tragically it was her time to be taken from us so soon.

We take a calculated risk when spending time in nature's fold– it's the wildlife's terrain. When the decision had been made to kill the pack of coyotes, I clearly heard Taylor's voice say, "please don't, this is their space". She wouldn't have wanted their demise, especially as a result of her own. She was passionate about animals, was an environmentalist, and was
also planning to volunteer at the Toronto Wildlife Centre in the coming months.

Her loss is an incomprehensible tragedy on so many levels– but everybody's messages of love and support and desire to keep her memory and music alive will help me to move forward and honour her short but full and vibrant life.

There will be a service and visitation, as well as a concert to celebrate her life and music.

Details will be finalized in the coming days.

With love and deep appreciation,

Emily Mitchell"

What are your memories of Taylor Mitchell?

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Houst

    Yep, have children. I'd say the same thing about them if this happened to them.
    Evil? Perhaps. Pray you never find out how evil I really am.
    Ignorant. Not at all.
    Uncompassionate? Call it compassion fatigue.

    June 2, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joel

    So tell me Mike...

    Do YOU have children???
    Would YOUR sentiment be the same if it was YOUR KID???
    Judging by your statements I would say so.

    November 3, 2009 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  3. Stephanie Shannon

    amazing folk singer it is a sad loss the the community sending my love and appreciation to her family

    November 2, 2009 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. scott

    Michael you are a waste to society, it saddens me to think that after such a tragic event there are MORONS like you out there that would post such a stupid and disrespectful comment like yours, and yes Karma is a bitch. Watch out for city buses this week end...Loser!! My thoughts are with the family at this time..

    October 30, 2009 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. grg

    to michael houst, there are no words to descibe what an ignorant, uncompassionate sob you are, you will get yours my friend, believe me! and i hope it comes when you least expect it, karma works in funny ways. have a great day!

    October 30, 2009 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. carol

    Michael Houst, you are an evil person.
    You have no respect for a grieving mother.

    October 30, 2009 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Michael D. Houst

    Just another stupid kid who didn't respect wildlife and got eaten for it.

    Had VICTIM stamped all over her.

    Good riddance.

    October 30, 2009 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |

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