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Police Investigate Fatal Fall at Humpback Rocks

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Update: The Richmond Times Dispatch reports Henrico County Schools identify the teen as Alexandra Babaeva from the Richmond area. School officials say grief counselor will be available Tuesday at Pocahontas Middle School in Henrico.


A 13-year girl has died following a fall from a cliff on the Blue Ridge Parkway around 6:00 Sunday evening.

All park rangers can tell us right now about the victim is that the teenager that she is from Richmond and died while on an outing with family and friends.

Park rangers say the girl was with a group picnicking on a trail at Humpback Rocks. They say she fell about 60 feet when playing with a 11-year-old boy at an overlook.

Rangers say multiple people reported this incident and tried to save her.

The teen was taken to the University of Virginia Medical Center. Shortly after arriving, medical staff announced her death.

Officials are investigating the incident, but say there's no reason to believe anything suspicious took place. Now, parkway officials are urging others to be careful.

Kurt Speers, the Ridge District ranger for the Blue Ridge Parkway said, "If you're not familiar with an area, just please stay on maintained trails and keep a close eye on your children at all times. At this time, all indicators were that this was just a tragic accident."

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