BENNINGTON, Ind. (WDTN) — The Columbus community is devastated after an 11-year-old girl was killed by a fallen tree at summer camp.
The girl was from the Columbus area and was a student at Cassingham Elementary School.
Tuesday night, people gathered for a vigil to remember her and tied white ribbons to trees.
A severe storm rolled through Camp Livingston in Bennington, Indiana early Tuesday morning. A tree was hit by lightning and fell on a cabin killing the 11-year-old.
Crews arrived shortly after it happened but weren’t able to save the little girl.
The camp brought in grief counselors to help cope with the tragedy.
“We’ve been a part of this family’s life since our children were babies together,” said Kyle Katz, a close family friend. “I know that when speaking to the children. I say we are speaking to our children…we are all having trouble not crying because we know but for circumstances this could be our child.”
No other campers were injured during the incident.
This is believed to be the first death at the camp since an Ohio boy died there in 1992, when a fire broke out in his cabin.
Camp Livingston, a summer retreat for Jewish children, has been in operation for more than 90 years.