CHERI SCHUMANN WOULD like Kennewick High School’s class of 1971 to know she is very much alive.
A story in Saturday’s Tri-City Herald, a newspaper based in Kennewick, Washington state, about the local high school reunion focused on seven classmates who had been killed out of 80 who had died. Schumann — now Cheri Taylor — was included.
But Taylor lives in Mill Creek, north of Seattle, with her husband and four children. She says she’s happy, healthy and not ready to be buried. “It’s not like I dropped off the face of the Earth. I haven’t been there [to Kennewick] for 35 years, but for goodness sake, I didn’t die,” she told the paper.
Reunion co-chairwoman Debra Blum told the newspaper the report of Taylor’s premature demise came by email, apparently from another classmate. Blum says she used other sources to verify it.
Blum says another classmate listed in Saturday’s story — Leo Marcel — also wasn’t murdered. He died in 2004 after a lengthy illness.