A woman collapsed and died at a school’s holiday concert as her daughter is singing.
“When she started singing I said, Oh my God, I started nudging her,” said Rosie Peterson. “‘Tash, listen to how our baby’s singing.’ And she didn’t respond.”
Peterson and her granddaughter Tequoia Alexander, or Tasha as she was known, were sitting in the Mumford High School auditorium. watching Tequoia’s daughter Lanaya sing a solo during the school’s Christmas concert Tuesday.
That’s when the 39-year-old mother of three became unresponsive.
“I looked at her and she had this funny expression on her face,” Peterson said. “And I said ‘Tasha, Tasha’ and then her head went back and I just lost it.”
Peterson called 911 as concert goers tried to revive Tequoia. She was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
“My mother was a very loving person,” said Antwon Alexander, her son. “She was very caring, very sweet.”
Alexander is coming to grips with the fact that he and his two sisters will spend this Christmas without her – left only with memories.
“We would have Christmas songs and stuff like that,” he said. “And she would surprise us just when we think she didn’t get us what we want, she would have it at the last second. She would just shock us and have a smile on her face.”
It’s still unclear how Tequoia died even though the Wayne County Medical Examiner performed her autopsy Wednesday.
Lanaya was too shaken up to talk about what happened. She was singing Kirk Franklin’s “Now behold the lamb” the night her mother died.
She now plans to sing it at her mother’s funeral.
“Be grateful for all the moments you can share with your family,” Alexander said. “And try to make peace, instead of being angry. Just try to cherish all the good moments in life because you never know what could happen.”
Tequoia Alexander’s untimely death has her family scrambling to come up with the money to cover funeral costs. If you would like to help out you can do so by donating at any PNC bank to the Tequoia Alexander Account.