DEEP GAP, N.C. – Here’s a tragic story out of North Carolina where a 4-year-old girl was killed last Friday after a tombstone fell on top of her.
While waiting on Vacation Bible School classes to begin, Peyton Elizabeth Townsend and her older sister were with several other children playing in the backyard of Mt. Paran Baptist Church. The church’s backyard doubles as a small cemetery where about two dozen people are buried.
As the children were running around the graves, a stone cross–estimated to weigh anywhere from 1,000 to 1,200 pounds–somehow fell off a tombstone and landed on top of Peyton’s chest.
Peyton’s parents where there at the time of the freak accident. Her father is a paramedic, her mother a nurse, and both of them frantically tried saving their daughter’s life after moving Peyton from underneath the stone slab. Peyton was airlifted to Johnson City Medical Center in Tennessee where she later died.
Seth Miller, a member of the church, said the grave belonged to his cousin.
“There’s no more smiling or thinking of good things after this,” said Miller. “You’re just thinking, ‘Oh my God, someone died here.”
The Rev. Rick Cornejo said counselors will be available for the other children who witnessed the accident. 1st Sgt. Gary McClelland of the N.C. Highway Patrol said the family is ”strong in their faith. They’re strong people. They’ll get through it.”
Her mother posted on her Facebook page Saturday night, thanking everyone for their condolences and prayers.
“Thank you for all your prayers, we can feel you lifting us up,” she posted.
Peyton’s funeral was held last night. According to Peyton’s obituary, she loved bright colors, Barbie dolls, and playing dress-up with her sister.Tags: cemetery, church, Crime, North Carolina, Peyton Townsend, tombstone, Weird News