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Teen was 'a loyal friend'

October 03, 2002|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

A day after he was killed in an ATV accident, teachers, family and students mourned the loss of 13-year-old Jonathan Saylor on Wednesday, remembering a boy with an easy smile and outgoing personality.

"He was a real friendly boy," said Jonathan's mother, Linda Saylor. "He got along with just about everybody."

A seventh-grader at Hedgesville Middle School, Jonathan played basketball and aspired to go to college and become a doctor, lawyer or police officer, his mother said.

Crisis Intervention Team members went to the school Wednesday, speaking with students who knew Jonathan, and many who didn't, said Elizabeth Greenfield, assistant principal.

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"A lot of the students were very, very sad," Greenfield said. "He was just a really friendly, personable boy ... and a very loyal friend."

The accident happened just before 4 p.m. Tuesday when Jonathan's four-wheeler ran off Jacobs Road, where the family lives, and hit a utility pole head-on, said West Virginia State Trooper R.J. Elswick. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 13-year-old boy sitting on the four-wheeler behind Jonathan was airlifted to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia. Neither boy was wearing a helmet, Elswick said.

Police declined to release the other boy's name because he is a juvenile. Linda Saylor said the boy's mother spoke to her Wednesday and said he was conscious and doing well.

Jonathan rode his four-wheeler almost daily.

On the day of the accident, he had ridden down the road to help fill in a ditch. When his mother called his cell phone and said dinner was ready, he and his friend headed back, Linda Saylor said. That's when the accident happened.

"I didn't even get to tell him I loved him," Saylor said.

Anthony Saylor, Jonathan's cousin, said Jonathan frequented his home, also on Jacobs Road.

"He would come to my house and play with my kids," Anthony Saylor said. "Today I missed him. I'm used to him showing up after school."

Anthony Saylor Jr., 9, was especially close to Jonathan. The two would play video games, wrestle or jump on a trampoline together, Saylor said.

Along with his mother, Jonathan leaves behind his father, Norman, and other family members, including two grown half-brothers and a half-sister.

"He was loved a lot. We really miss him," Linda Saylor said. "I just keep praying and hoping that he's in heaven. I wish I could have him here."

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