09 Apr

Miner Left Note Before Fatal Explosion

“If anything happens to me, I’ll be looking down from heaven at you all. I love you. Take care of my baby. Tell her that daddy loves her, she’s beautiful, she’s funny. Just take care of my baby girl.”

Those were the chilling words in a note from Josh Napper, a West Virginia coal miner who was killed in the Massey mine explosion on Monday.

The note was written to Napper’s girlfriend, Jennifer, over Easter weekend — just days before his fears were realized. It was described to CNN’s John Roberts by Pam Napper, Josh’s mother.

Pam also lost her brother and nephew in the blast.

Josh’s daughter, Jenna Leigh, is 20 months old.

Pam went on to describe the safety problems her son had experienced before at the same mine, as well as a powerful religious experience he had just prior to his death.


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