Taylor DeRosa Wiki – Taylor DeRosa Biography

Taylor DeRosa was born on January 13, 2002. She was the student who was found dead on campus at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in Michigan. The family of Taylor DeRosa is aware of the outpouring of concern for their loss. Taylor became part of our on-campus community as a first-year student this fall semester.

DeRosa was majoring in international business with a minor in French at GVSU, and “her warmth, friendliness, and humor brought joy to everyone who knew her


Taylor DeRosa was 18-years-old.

Who was Taylor DeRosa

Taylor lived a passionate, involved life as an advocate for gun control, Black Lives Matter, women’s rights, and a host of other organizations and movements that supported human equality, fairness, and truth,” wrote Mollencopf, who identified herself as a close friend of Taylor’s mother.

Mollenkopf wrote that DeRosa was active in many activities throughout her life including attending YMCA Camp Nissokone in Oscoda since she was 11 and serving as a counselor there for several years. DeRose was also on the Royal Oak High School lacrosse team.


“Taylor’s mother, Carolyn (Cara), a single mother who raised Taylor by herself since she was born, worked seven days a week at two different jobs to provide her the perfect life she deserved,” wrote Mollenkopf. “They were the best of friends and FaceTimed or spoke every day.”

One of the donors, Julie Hentschel, wrote that DeRosa “was an amazing young woman.” Cara DeRosa, Taylor’s mother, posted a photo of her daughter on Facebook with the hashtag, #rememberingtaylorderosa.


“It is with a heavy heart and unimaginable sadness that I regret to inform you my daughter, Taylor DeRosa, passed away on Saturday,” Cara DeRosa wrote. “Please continue to pray for my family and her friends during this difficult time. 1/13/02 – 12/12/20.”

Cause of Death

DeRosa’s body was found Saturday and her family asked that her name be released to the public, university officials said. No information was provided about DeRosa’s cause of death.

In a statement from the university, Brandon DeHaan, director of GVSU public safety and chief of police, said it appears that the general public or campus population is not in danger.

GoFundMe Page

According to the GoFundMe page set up for DeRosa, the 18-year-old was born on January 13, 2002, and was described as “beautiful, strong, courageous, smart and sweet,” raised by a single mother who was also her best friend. The two “FaceTimed or spoke every day. Carolyn was very involved in Taylor’s life, and many of Taylor’s friends considered her as a second mother.”

according to a gofundme page organized by Gina Mollencopf of Royal Oak to pay for DeRosa’s memorial expenses. By Tuesday afternoon, it had raised more than $30,000 in donations.

Police Investigation

The GVSU president and the police department both urged the community to let the investigation run its course and stop spreading misinformation on social media. “Misinformation is not helpful to the investigation or to the family of our student. Truthful and accurate updates will come from police authorities and the university when appropriate,” GVSU wrote in a news release.

The GVSU police department is being supported in their investigation by the Michigan State Police and the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department, GVSU wrote. Anyone with any information about the case is asked to contact the GVSU Police Department at (616) 331-3255 or Silent Observer at (877) 887-4536.

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