At least one miner killed in this week’s tragic disaster in West Virginia seemed to sense that safety problems in the mine might prove fatal. 

Josh Napper left a note for his girlfriend and toddler daughter the weekend before he died.  As his mom, Pam Napper, tells CNN, it said, “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. And just take care of my baby girl.”

Pam Napper, whose brother and nephew were also killed in the accidents, says her son had noted safety problems at the Massey Energy mine. 

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Here’s her interview with CNN: 

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