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Halfmoon mourns 'hometown hero'

Fanning said that the soldiers gathered at the hospital on Sunday had planned to form an impromptu honor guard as his body was taken from intensive care to the surgical room where he became an organ donor. Due to Army regulations, the honor guard ended up not being possible.

"Even in death, Taylor kept on giving," Wormuth said. "While we suffer and mourn and keep the family in our prayers, I think that's their light, that even in his death, Taylor helped someone else."

Parker left behind his parents, grandparents, three siblings, a girlfriend and many other friends and family " an entire grieving community.

Regina Parker said that money can be donated to the Taylor A. Parker memorial fund at any Key Bank. It will go to support the new Halfmoon town recreational park.

"Taylor wanted his own children; he wanted to have children someday,"

Regina Parker said. "And because he can't have his own, he would want other children to be happy because of him."

The Parkers also plan to form a TAP Foundation in his honor, which will be dedicated to children.

"Taylor donated organs and at least four people will have a second chance at life, and families won't have to go through what we're going through right now," Regina Parker said. "It is what it is, but because of it there are so many wonderful things."

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