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Half-ton tombstone falls on little girl, kills her

Mount Paran Baptist Church, Deep Gap, NC Mount Paran Baptist Church, Deep Gap, NC

Funeral arrangements have been made for the little girl who died after a tombstone fell on her Friday night.

The grave marker hit Peyton Townsend as she was playing after Bible School in the community of Deep Gap.  Troopers say a one-thousand-pound cross fell and struck Peyton in the upper body.

"Never seen, and can't ever recall ever hearing of anything like this," said Mark Parson, Fire Chief of the Deep Gap Volunteer Fire Department.

He said several children went to play in the cemetery behind the Mount Paran Baptist Church after Bible School. 

Peyton's father is a North Carolina Highway patrol trooper in Watauga County and her mother is a paramedic. Both parents were there at the time of the accident and worked to save their little girl.

"I would call it a freak accident. We don't know what the next minute holds, but we do know who the higher power is," said Parsons.

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