Girl apparently fell while hiking
I had a couple classes in high school with Christina and from the second I met
her I knew she was an amazing person. She was always so nice and her smile was
highly contagious. Her hugs were the best-- you could tell she really meant
them. It's hard for me to think that I'll never be able to hug or even see her
again. Despite being beautiful (I constantly told her I thought she looked like
Demi Moore), she had great ambition and worked very hard for what she wanted,
and was a great friend. I remember laughing with her about weird acronyms we
made up to remember events for our AP history test.On her myspace page, it
says her worst fear was to die a long and painful death. My wish is that it
wasn't so for her. An even bigger wish was that this didn't even happen... She
deserves so much more.My condolences go out to her family and friends who
have been affected by this unfortunate tragedy. I hope they are ok.
Girl... you just made me cry. The whole situation makes you cry. But you are
Christina was my friend at CSU, she was in my chem class and a very good friend
of my roomate. She was such a smart fun girl, i cant believe something like this
happened to her. Ill miss her so much, she had such potential. But because of
her I will appreciate life more.
She was my neighbor. She was a really nice, happy girl. I was always impressed
by her. She was definitely going places. What a tragedy!
To Christina, I loved you like a sister and knew that someday we would be
sister-in-laws, you were my brother's world, with just your smiles & laughs you
made my brother the happiest man on the earth, when ever he got off the phone
with you he would say " God I love that girl". You had such a great sense of
humor that we all loved. Life is going to be rough for him now, but some how I
feel that you both were meant for each other that you will be watching over him
for eternity. To my Wonderful Little brother Eric, I love you so
much and know that this is so difficult for you, to watch the pain you went
through yesterday made me hurt so much and just want to cry and hold you, I
would & will do anything for you Eric to help you get through this tough time &
I am so glad that christina had you as her best friend, lover & soul mate before
she passed. Eric & christina were the cutest couple and will always
be for eternity. Christina & Eric 2008Love you both so much.
Christina was and is an amazing person. My cousin was her boyfriend and loved
her very much. She was extremely kind and an inspiration to all that she came
into contact with. Everyone needs to look at this as if this was their loved one
or family member hiking the same trail that they had a million times
before...Accidents even happen to the most skilled people...It is a tragedy and
she will be very missed!!
What a sad tragedy. May her friends and family have comfort and peace at this
terrible loss. She sounds like a wonderful girl. I send you all my sincere
I am Christina's younger brother and I just have to say I'm going to miss her.
She was always the fearless one of the 2 of us, and she always did things how
she was going to do them. Unfortunately she risked too much this time and no one
is to blame although I disagree with her choice to hike in dangerous areas, but
no matter what I say here it doesn't matter now that she is gone, I can't do
much but wish everyone who was affected the best especially those closest to her
(Eric I truely am sorry you have to suffer, she thought you were a great guy and
so do I, so if you ever read this I am always here for you to talk to about
anything and you will always be a friend of mine) I think the family has taken
this hard (being part of it) but her friends and especially bf have taken it
harder being the closest to her. May she rest in peace my only full blooded
sibling and my father's only daughter will be missed.
How sad. I feel very sorry for the friends and loved ones of the fallen hiker.
Personally, I feel the photos help me feel sorry for them. They
complement the story. As much as I feel those photographed need
privacy, I also feel their message of grief and sorrow is very powerful and
needs to be shared with us, the reader. Because of these photographs
I can better understand the love they have for the hiker. And it makes me
reflect more on my life and how tragedy can happen any time.
My Cousin Eric is Christina's boyfriend and for the media to take pictures in
his time of mourning is unneeded. Christina was the love of Eric's life. They
were making plans together towards a future. He was going to quit his job and
move back to Colorado with her. He could not stand to live one more minute
without her so he was choosing to change his life so he could be with her. This
truly is a tragic accident. Please pray for her family and his in this tragic
time of their lives.
Got to weigh in on the privacy issue. If I was the DN, I'd ask
permission to publish a private picture, and then post that picture was
published with permission.That should be a bare minimum for private
moment photos.Let's not bog down on this issue without remembering
this fine young lady whose life was lost much too soon.
Sorry, got to go with the people who think the pics here are unneeded.And no, it's not a matter of "I can't handle it." I can handle it just fine.
It's just plain tacky and insensitive. It's something I'd expect of
the National Enquirer.And yes, I know I can see far worse from
carious other sources of news. I fail to understand how that makes this OK.
"Other people do it too" has never been much of an excuse in my book. Each organization needs to make their ethical choices about themselves without
worrying about the choices their rivals make. That's the very example of
integrity. The Deseret News missed that point today - failed badly
There is absolutely no need to run pictures of the emotional devastation these
people felt. they are being exploited at their most vulnerable just to
sensationalize the story. The photographer ought to be ashamed. One photo was
bad enough, but several with essentially the same caption? Disgusting
Thank you Deseret News for not implying blame. This was a horrible accident.
No one intentionally left her. She was so loved that any
one of us would give our own lives to save hers. Hindsight is 20/20
but it does not bring back our sweetheart.Learn from our mistakes,
but please try to have some compassion at this time.
May family and friends find comfort in one another, death is always in our
destiny but some get the call before we think they should. Accidents happen and
no one can judge the circumstances - lets put our emotions into well wishes for
all who have lost a good friend this day
Live every second as if it were your last, don't be sad til your life is
neerly past, live perfect as you can,you're part of God's great
plan,live every second as if it were your last. In memory of
one of my best friends, Christina - Chelsea
If you think the pictures are bad, you haven't seen many pictures, watched the
evening news or read many newspapers. It's called "news" and most people want to
watch it. If you don't like it, turn the page.
Sad story; accidents happen and blaming others is a waste of time. No one is to
blame.As for the picture, they are perfectly appropriate and well
done. Kudos to the D-News for their quality and the courageous choice to
include them.You guys really need to get out of Utah and get a taste
of the real world...
I'm with you Tony! You are grown up, discard the message of those who are
Christina was a wonderful girl. She and the group she was with were up at Moss
Ledge for a Birthday gathering. They had been up there many, many times and
knew the area well. She was not all that far away from the main group when they
last saw her and they figured she would be right back. She did follow the boys
who were climbing up the side of the mountain to the falls, something they had
done many times before, to take pictures of them up on the mountain. When they
got back to the rest of the group and discovered that she wasn't there, they
went looking. The group tried to tell the sherrif where they had last seen her,
but he wasn't listening and had his own ideas. She was found right below where
they had last seen her. We all love Christina and our love and prayers go
out to her family and to all her friends, especially the group she was with.
She was more family than friend.
If you want to read about insensitivity, google on over to the Tribune article
and its liberated readers. I can't believe how big a difference between to two
papers bloggers. Thanks DMN readers for showing some compassion, something that
is sorely lacking in the Tribheads today.
It is time for you to grow up.
My husband, a journalist of nearly 40 years experience, has recently commented
that he thinks all these pictures of people grieving really is an invasion of
their privacy and tends to actually de-sensitize us to feelings of sympathy for
others. It becomes too common or something. Maybe I am trying to say we feel
like it trivializes peoples' feelings, almost for our entertainment. Our local
paper recently showed a picture of a military hero's widow crying when an honor
named after her husband was presented. Why a picture of this elderly lady
crying was printed, I don't know--I think she will be embarrassed to see
herself.So I'm with those of you who don't think publishing these pictures
is necessary for us to understand the tragedy.And my sympathy goes out to
all the family and friends of this young woman.
Why is the DMN publishing pictures of these people grieving? Give them some
privacy. So tactless.
So sorry to hear of this young woman's death in Big Cottonwood canyon. I hike
the trails and ridges in the canyons almost weekly, and I am always thinking
about my mortality. May the young woman's family and friends be comforted in
this trying time. Life is precious.
"Between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., the four men went to an area off the main trail to
climb an area of steep rocks, said Salt Lake County Sheriff's Lt. Brent
Atkinson. Detectives believe unbeknownst to the men, Traylor followed the group
to a steep area where it is believed she wanted to take pictures"How
sad, totally unnecessary and preventable this tragedy was. First of all, hiking
"OFF TRAIL" on a precarious ledge with no rope or climbing gear is asking for
trouble. Also, 7pm is way too late to be climbing - period. Finally, if Taylor
told no one where she was going then there was really nothing anyone else could
have done to help her which is yet another tragic mistake made that evening.
Mountains are VERY UNFORGIVING and don't care if you are a wonderful
person or not. I am sure Christina was a wonderful young women and I can't
imagine the grief her family must be experiencing right now.
My sympathies to all those who are affected by this tragic loss.
Wow, these pictures sure put a human side to this tradgedy. It is easy to feel
for those who obviously loved this young lady. Always hard to hear of the death
of someone at such a prime time of life.
Being the family member of a murder victim, I am grateful that my grief-stricken
face was not splashed all over the news and media when I learned of the death of
my father and in the days following. It was a horrific time and just having his
death reported on the news was awful enough, I didn't need my grief out there
too. So, I'm with Tony, give the family & friends some privacy.
My father was killed by a train and because he was badly burned, my family chose
not to view his charred body. Them some thoughtless reporter thought it was
their job to show the "real" accident and put a picture of my dad in the
newspaper after the accident with his workboots sticking out from under a
blanket. I didn't appreciate it then and I think tabloid journalism has no
place in a respected newspaper...ever. The day we need to see raw emotion to
understand someone's grieving is a sad day indeed.
To 12:24:Nope, I can handle real emotion. I just think snapping pics
of someone losing it wasn't needed. Did you really need those pics to get the
full effect of the tragedy, or are you one of those who needs the big pop up
pictures to get the point across?To the others who started blasting
me saying I should think of the family and friends: Gee, I thought that was my
I was biking in BCC this morning and saw the search & rescue vehicles. When I came back down I noticed the medical examiner's van and knew it was a
tragedy.I hope the family is ok.
Sorry both to 1:105 and 1:14; this is the news. And this is a public bulletin
board, precisely for the public's reaction. You have a different
vision of what these boards should look like than I. This is a
completely appropriate place, in my opinion, for a variety of reactions from the
public, from criticism, to questioning, to notes of compassion. If
you only want the latter, you are in the wrong place.
Agree with 1:05pm. If you want to criticize, go to the articles about crime and
politics. Those are the ones who deserve that kind of comments.
I was precisely going to ask people here to avoid posting negative comments: why
the pics, who to blame, what to do next time, what to avoid, etc. This was a
tragic accident. Please, show some compasion and let's all pray for her family
and all close to her so they can find the comfort and peace they need. From the
pictures you can tell she was very loved. I am glad for her. Not everybody can
it is a hard thing to see the shock and grief that overcome friends and family
after an accident. I'm not sure it was necessary to show multiple photo's of her
boy friend just to dramatize the scene. I think one photo would have been
plenty. The poor kid is obviously beside himself with grief. The D-News needs to
back off and show some empathy and respect.
It's called the news, grow up and get over it. Turn on your TV everyday and
you'll see far worse. Where have been these past years living in a cave!.
If I was coming apart, I wouldnt want to have my picture taken.. Would you?
this is a horrible tragedy and my prayers go out to the family of
Christina.Without knowing the details it is impossible to know who was to blame.
Generally speaking however, it is NEVER a wise thing to hike on an unfamiliar
trail with low visibility and you NEVER EVER lose track of a hiker in your
group. The whole purpose of the buddy system to help each other across dicey
parts of the trail.There are times however when there is nothing that could be
done to save a person - somethings accidents just happen with no one at fault.
Again, it is impossible to say which side of the fence this tragedy falls on
without knowing the details.
Is the display of true emotion too much for you handle?I suppose you
would rather see a benign picture of the mountain trail or the expressionless
face of some reporter who doesn't know anything about Christina.Your
weak strawman is pathetic.Of course, no one wants to see pictures of
the body, but there's nothing wrong with seeing pictures of her grieving
Christina was a beautiful girl both inside and out. We will all miss her. This
is a tragic loss to all.
Nice going Deseret News. Take multiple pictures of the boyfriend and family
immediately after learning of the girl's death. I realize it's your job to
inform, but show some tact and class, and give grieving people some privacy.What's next, showing pictures of her body as searchers found her?
You weren't there! These were all her friends. They all loved her very much.
There were a lot of them there, they thought she was with another part of the
group and when they found she wasn't they called for help and searched as well.
Who do you think you are to make such an insensitive judgement?
Nice group to hike with. Allow a member of your group to get separated...
I went to High School with her. She was always kind, funny and the life of the
party. She will be missed.
I too send my sympathy to her family.
My deepest sympathy goes out to her family.