A North Texas teenager died Monday in a skiing accident in Colorado.
Hundreds of people lined Heartz Avenue in Coppell on Tuesday afternoon to welcome the Storch family home from its tragic spring break trip.
Taylor Storch, 13, fell backward and slammed into a tree on an intermediate slope in Beaver Creek, Colo. Storch had been taking beginning ski lessons.
Authorities said Storch was wearing a helmet, but the accident left her brain-dead.
“It is the worst thing that could happen to a parent,” said family friend Biz Haddock. “I don't think there is anything worse. This is it.”
Friends described the 13-year-old as smart, athletic and talented.
“The reality is, this is the loss of future dreams, of everything you dream for your child,” Haddock said. ”It’s horrific to think about.”
Laura Springer, the principal of Coppell Middle School, said she never expected the hardest lesson her students would have to learn would come during spring break
“Taylor will always be a part of us," she said. "She’ll be a part of everything we do in our school, in our hearts, and she will live on with us forever."
Springer said Storch was a "beautiful kid, inside and out."
“Tara (Taylor’s mother) and I are overwhelmed with love from near and far. Thank you," Storch's father posted on Twitter on Tuesday.
Thousands have joined a Facebook page praying for Taylor’s family.
Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. March 23 at St. Ann Catholic Church in Coppell.