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10-year-old girl dies after tree falls on Warrenton home

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Posted at 1:28 PM, Aug 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-02 17:22:15-04

WARRENTON, Va. — A 10-year-old girl died Wednesday evening after a large tree fell onto her family’s home in the 6200 block of Highmeadow Place in Warrenton.

The Fauquier County Sherriff’s office received a 911 call from a neighbor and arrived at the scene to find 10-year-old Lydia Gherghis trapped under the tree, which had fallen on top of her bedroom.

Gherghis was found unresponsive when fire and EMS arrived and was pronounced dead on the scene.

The cause of the tree collapse is not known at this time, the Fauquier Sherriff’s Office reports, but due to recent rainfall and ground saturation, all possibilities are being investigated.

A Go Fund Me campaign created Thursday for the victim’s family reads, “It is with a heavy and broken heart that we are starting this Go Fund Me page for Beth and Casey. For those who haven’t heard yet, Lydia passed away in a tragic accident last night. Lydia was a beautiful and kind girl who was the embodiment of the phrase “full of life”. Her smile and laugh were contagious and she always had a twinkle in her eyes. Please consider donating to this account to help raise money for funeral expenses. While this won’t ease the family’s grief, it will be one less thing they have to worry about at this time. Thank you all for your support and please keep Beth, Casey, and the rest of their family in your thoughts and prayers.”

As of late Thursday afternoon, the campaign had raised more than $15,000 in just four hours.