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Woman killed in San Diego by man falling from parking garage

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Loved ones are mourning the loss of 29-year-old Taylor Kahle, killed over the weekend when an apparently suicidal man jumped from a parking structure and landed on her.

SAN DIEGO — Every afternoon during a Zoom call with co-workers, Taylor Daneen Kahle would share three things she was grateful and thankful for. The exercise started in February, an effort by the group of event planners to get out of "the COVID funk" after nearly a year of shutdowns caused by the global pandemic.

In those sessions, Kahle highlighted things she valued in her life — her two dogs, her health, her close relationship with her father, her job, her friends — recalled her boss, Laurel McFarlane. Kahle was thankful to be "looking at the bright side of life" and thankful for becoming wiser as she got older.

On Sunday night, Kahle was on a date, walking near San Diego's Petco Park after dinner, when a man plunged from the ninth-floor balcony of a parking structure and landed on her. Her injuries were fatal.

The man was taken to a hospital, where he died. The office ruled his death a suicide.

Kahle died a week before her 30th birthday. She'd had big plans — close friends were flying in, everyone was staying at a rented house, and her father was going to drive the group to a vineyard for wine tasting. He'd even gotten a chauffeur's cap for the occasion.

Those who knew Kahle called her death a senseless tragedy.

"How is that possible that someone falls out of the sky and kills you? It just doesn't make sense," said Michael Trimble, executive director of the Gaslamp Quarter Association, who knew Kahle for years as she worked on Gaslamp-related events.

Kahle began working at McFarlane Promotions in 2012 as an intern. She was shy and nervous, often afraid to speak out, and would write notes to her boss instead of talking with her.

"I saw something special in her," said McFarlane, who became a mentor and encouraged Kahle to push herself beyond her comfort zone. "I just watched her blossom into an amazing, strong woman."

On Facebook, McFarlane wrote that Kahle "lived life with zest."

Kahle went from an intern to an assistant to an event manager. She not only took care of her work, but cared for those around her — doing things like tidying up McFarlane's messy desk.

"She was everyone's person. If Taylor was your person, she was fierce for you," McFarlane said.

Trimble recalled Kahle as a detail-oriented, positive individual who was great at organizing galas, holiday parties and golf tournaments that promoted Gaslamp-area businesses.

"Whether it was a project or an initiative or a marketing campaign, she just did things with a smile and really made you feel so comfortable and so confident that whatever needed to get done would get done," Trimble said. "I always knew if Taylor was assigned to that project, the project would be successful."

Kahle often brought her Chihuahua, Stella, to the office. She'd had the dog since high school. She recently adopted a second dog, Roo, from Tijuana.

She attended a charter school, where she was a cheerleader, before going on to attend San Diego State University to study communications, hospitality and tourism management, according to McFarlane. Kahle had moved to Chicago for a year and telecommuted for her event-planning job but moved back to San Diego to live with her father as the pandemic began. Her mother died several years ago.

Kahle and her father were close, and her father often attended her work events "to cheer her on," McFarlane said, adding: "It was an incredible relationship."

Even in death, Kahle was helping others. She was an organ donor and was "helping many in the end like she always did in her life," McFarlane wrote on Facebook.


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