Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Mon, Aug. 10

Four Members Of Taylor Family Killed In Crash Including Senior

Kaylen Mowa was a member of the Winslow Football Team.

Several special additions to Friday’s game against the Ganado Hornets paid tribute to the memory of Kaylen Mowa, a Winslow senior and football player that died Sunday, October 28, in an automobile accident.

Friday afternoon, fans could attend a tailgate party. The proceeds from the food sold was given to Mowa’s family.

Before the game got underway, a moment of silence was held to remember the fallen classmate and teammate. At the end of the reflection, 77 balloons were released into the air, which was Mowa’s football number.

The maroon W’s that usually grace the left sides of the players’ helmets were replaced with black W’s that contained the number 77.

During half time, a letter written by Mowa’s step-sister Ivy Taylor, the lone survivor of the crash, was read for all present to hear. Ivy was airlifted to Flagstaff Medical Center where she currently remains under critical condition. Ivy is a freshman at Hopi High School.

After the game, Head Coach Matt Gracey presented Mowa’s family with the game ball.

Weston was in the first grade at Polacca Day School on the Hopi Reservation.

Survivors of the family include parents and grandparents, Paul and Anna Sidney of Polacca and Wayne and Amelia Taylor, Sr. of Second Mesa; Clifton Mowa, natural father of Kaylen and grandparents, Tessie Mowa and Augustine Mowa, Sr.; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at the Polacca Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on Wednesday, October 31. Burial followed at the First Mesa Village Cemetery.

Arrangements for the family were handled by Greer’s Scott Mortuary.

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