Guam – Andersen Air Force Base today [Tuesday] identified the 13 year old girl who died Sunday afternoon in a hiking accident on base. She is Erynn Hayward and she is the daughter of Lt. Col. Gary Hayward, the 644th Combat Communications Squadron commander, and his wife, Kathy.
[Caption: A photo of Erynn as she feeds a parrot at the Birmingham Zoo while on a family vacation. Courtesy Hayward family]
A release from Andersen states that the family has “respectfully” asked for privacy during this time of mourning, but they did release the following statement:
“My wife Kathy and I want to thank the community for the outpouring of support and prayers since Erynn’s tragic accident,” Colonel Hayward said. “Our grief is deep, but the messages of support we have received have helped ease the burden. Erynn was bright, loving and intelligent. She would want us to remember her and celebrate her life, and we will. We will always grieve for her, but when we think of her, we will smile, remember the good times, and know that she is watching over us.”
Brig. Gen. John Doucette, 36th Wing commander, added his condolences to those of the community.
“The Andersen community has suffered a tremendous loss following this weekend’s tragic accident,” General Doucette said. “The Hayward family remains in our thoughts and prayers through these trying times.”
A rosary for Erynn will be said every night at 6 p.m. in Chapel 1 on Andersen until Tuesday, Jan. 25. Messages of hope and support, as well as condolences, may be dropped off at Chapel 2 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.