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Two killed in crash attended Live Oak Waldorf School

Community remembers young victims
By: Kim Palaferri,
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Two of the three victims in the single-vehicle crash that occurred Oct. 20 in Applegate are connected to Live Oak Waldorf School, a private Applegate school that has 150 students in grades kindergarten through eight. Killed in the crash on Applegate Road were Lukas Edward Warren, 21, of Meadow Vista; Daniel Silverman, 31, of Meadow Vista; and Christian Mayoraga, 21, of Auburn. Another passenger in the vehicle, a 17-year-old female from Eugene, Ore., suffered moderate injuries. The 17-year-old driver, whose name has not been released by authorities because he is a minor, is in Placer County jail on suspicion of driving under the influence. Warren and Silverman attended Live Oak School, where graduates and former students are always considered members of the Live Oak community. They often return to take part in many of the activities on campus as well as visit with teachers and staff, as did Warren and Silverman. Gail Lescher, a former Live Oak Waldorf teacher, recalls Silverman as a friend to her now-grown daughters. “The girls would play house at the Silverman home, and Daniel would play along with the girls who were much younger then Daniel,” Lescher said. “He had an older-brother influence with my girls; he was so sweet with them,” Lescher said. Years later, Silverman had contacted Lescher to help him gain a biodynamic farming apprenticeship. Lukas Warren was also a former student in Lescher’s class at Live Oak Waldorf, from grades one through five. Lescher remembers Warren as being a bright-eyed student who was so wowed by experiencing everything the world had to offer. According to Lescher, Warren was eager and open to new experiences to the point where he had a hard time drawing boundaries. “A year or so after my teaching duties with Warren changed, we would go on hikes to the American Canyon. He had a wondering, independent spirit about him, but I could always count on him coming back,” Lescher said. Part of the curriculum at Live Oak includes music and art. According to eighth-grade teacher Jane Mulder, eighth grade teacher, Silverman was very musically inclined. “He loved to sing. His class even put on an opera called ‘Der Meister’ and Silverman had the solo,” Mulder said. According to Mulder, Silverman’s favorite artist was Picasso, and specifically paintings from the artist’s Blue Period. “Live Oak was one of the happiest periods of his life,” Mulder said. A longtime friend of Lukas Warren was Maureen Burgess, who has known Warren since they were very young. “Lukas was always positive. He always told me to keep living and never stop being who I am,” Burgess said, who referred to Warren as her “best brother friend.” According to Burgess, Warren liked to play guitar and loved his dog, who went everywhere with Warren. “He liked to travel by foot with his dog, Osa. They were best friends,” Burgess said. He was unique, she said, “not like anybody else.” On Sunday, Live Oak Waldorf School held a memorial service for Daniel Silverman, class of 1995, which was attended by many from the Live Oak community.