ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) - One of three balloons released by two Elizabethtown girls in memory of Brice and Brianna Taylor, the Hardin County siblings who died of injures they suffered in separate automobile accidents exactly one week apart, has been found in Berea, Kentucky.
Reagan and Riley Simpson, ages 8 and 4, released the balloons Wednesday afternoon outside the home of their aunt, Wendy Simpson Campbell of Elizabethtown. One of the balloons contained information about Brianna Taylor, the 17-year-old recent Elizabethtown High School graduate who died June 23, hours after a suspected drunk driver slammed into the car she was driving. A second balloon contained information about Brice Taylor, Brianna's 20-year-old brother, who suffered a critical head injury on June 30 after hitting a deer and being thrown from his ATV while riding home from a memorial for Brianna. He died July 5. The third balloon contained information about both of the Taylor siblings, and all of the balloons included Campbell's contact information.
Reagan Simpson had told her aunt, "I just want to do something nice for [Brice and Brianna]," Campbell said. "We just wanted to do something in their memory, so we decided to purchase three balloons and write their information on them."
The girls released the balloons at 4 p.m. on July 9 as Brice's funeral was set to begin. About five-and-a-half hours later, Campbell received an email from Michael Hunt who wrote that his son had found Brice's balloon about 90 miles away in Berea.
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"As we were pulling into our driveway Wednesday evening," said Hunt, "my 8-year-old son Jaben noticed a silver balloon in the yard beside our house. Upon investigation, we discovered it was in honor of someone who had recently died."
Hunt said he had heard about the Taylor siblings' deaths, but didn't know their names or where they were from.
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"Through correspondence with Wendy, I learned the irony of the final destination of the balloon since Brice attended Berea College and I am also a Berea College alum," Hunt said. "I hope the family knows that people from all around the country are praying for them."
Coincidentally, Hunt and Campbell discovered they have a mutual friend from Elizabethtown who went to school with Hunt at Berea College.