October 5, 2018.
It turned out to be one of the darkest days for softball sisters Katie and Hannah Taylor.
Their brother, Christopher Taylor, who had become a father six weeks earlier, died suddenly at the age of 29. It came as a huge shock to Katie and Hannah, as well as their parents Brian and Amee, when it was determined that her cause of death was due to an acute overdose of fentanyl, a type of opioid drug.
Growing up, Chris enjoyed sports and competed in baseball, soccer and basketball. As an adult, he played basketball, slow-pitch softball, and flag football. He had always tried to convince Katie and Hannah to switch to his favorite number: 10. Much to his dismay, his sisters wore 2 after the great Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees.
After her death, the 10 became a special number in the hearts of Katie and Hannah. The duo decided to wear 10 to honor their brother and the lasting memories they shared together.
â€œI feel like that’s one way to portray him,â€ Hannah said. â€œI had no doubts in my mind that I wanted to change it. I didn’t even hesitate to do it.
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