For Sean Taylor’s Family, Foreclosures and a Story That Just Gets Sadder
The Florida house that former Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor bought for his family, and where he was shot and killed by an intruder, is headed for foreclosure. And his mother is struggling to hold on to her own home as well, The Washington Post reports.
When Taylor died without a will on Nov. 27, 2007, the bulk of his $5.8 million estate went to his daughter, Jackie Taylor, now 3, who lives with her mother, Taylor’s high school sweetheart, Jackie Garcia, in Coral Gables, Fla. Taylor’s mother did not get a penny. Nor did his grandmother, great-grandmother, two of his half-siblings or any of the cousins or relatives who had grown accustomed to his largesse.
The result, for his mother, Donna Junor, has been a new hardship:
In Junor’s case, she was left with possessions that carry costs and fees that she says exceed her income as a substitute teacher. She could not pay the real-estate taxes last year on the townhouse she bought in 2005 with $222,000 her son had given her. Another tax bill is due at the end of November. She hasn’t paid her homeowners association dues in months. The lawyers have begun chasing.
Sean Taylor’s story was always a sad one, a young man who lost his life far too soon. He died a day after he was shot while confronting burglars in his home. That his $900,000 house is facing foreclosure, and that his mom could lose her home as well, only adds to the sadness. It’s also a reminder that behind the numbers of the foreclosure crisis are real and complicated stories of pain, loss, and homes that once represented someone’s achievements and dreams, taken back by the bank.