William "Taylor" Wild, Severna Park grad, killed in Nevada mortar explosion

Lance Corporal William "Taylor" Wild

A 2010 graduate of Severna Park High School was one of the seven Marines killed this week when a mortar exploded in Nevada.

Lance Corporal William “Taylor” Wild was killed when a motar shell exploded during an exercise at the Hawthorne Army Depot near Reno, Nevada. Several other Marines from the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp LeJeune, N.C., were hurt in the accident, which occurred shortly before 10 p.m. PDT Monday.

The mortar is a weapon that traditionally requires three to four Marines to operate, but it's common during training for others to observe nearby.

Wild's father said his son knew in high school that he wanted to serve his country.

"...came to us in his senior year and said, 'Hey, I'm going to join the Marine Corps, I"m going to go into the infantry and I want to go fight," Bill Wild recalled.{ }

Bert Campbell has known Taylor since he began elementary school. She worried about him when he was overseas in Afghanistan, but she thought he was safe at home.

"It's heartbreaking for everyone...for everyone. I can't believe he's gone. It's just hard to believe. He's 21-years-old. He's a baby...just a baby," she lamented.

In Taylor's Anne Arundel County neighborhood, flags are at half staff, and a black ribbon hangs off one flag pole at the community's entrance. It's a sign of solidarity for a family in mourning.
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"You don't know how to comfort them, and you can't have everybody knocking on their door," said neighbor{ }Diane Lyons. "...this lets them know by putting the flags out that the whole neighborhood has participated. There's a flag on every house in this neighborhood -- whether they knew him or not."