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Falling tombstone kills 4-year-old NC girl at bible study

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Mount Paran Baptist Church (WSOC)

DEEP GAP, N.C. — Officials said a 4-year-old girl died after part of a tombstone fell on her Friday night at a Deep Gap church cemetery.

The Rev. Rick Cornejo told WSOC-TV that the girl was one of several children playing in the churchyard and cemetery at Mt. Paran Baptist Church before Bible study classes.

Cornejo said the children were running around when a massive cross fell off a tombstone and struck the girl.

The girl was airlifted to a hospital, where her parents rushed to see her, and was later pronounced dead.

The girl’s name has not been released. Cornejo said counselors are at the church to help other children who witnessed the accident.

Credit: The Associated Press.