Utah boy, 4, dies after being hit by falling tombstone in historic cemetery

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  1. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    Boy dies after hit by falling tombstone in Utah (AP via mysanantonio.com)
    more at link above
     
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  3. tlcya

    tlcya Administrator Staff Member Administrator

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    OMG that is terrible. That poor family. What very bizarre and unexpected way to go.

    RIP Carson
     
  4. PATX

    PATX Verified User

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    Very sad. At the risk of sounding a little "off" in the head, I enjoy visiting historic cemeteries.
     
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    Herding Cats New Member

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    I do, too. I enjoy cemeteries in general, but I adore the ones that have some history and dates behind them. I loved the ones in Connecticut when I was there years ago...and when I went to Mississippi, that was one of the things we did - go around to the cemeteries and let me roam. It was great.

    What happened here is tragic indeed, though. How horrible, and freak-accident-ish. That poor family.

    Best-
    Herding Cats
     
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    wfgodot Former Member

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    Boy killed by falling tombstone was helping dad (AP via newsok.com)
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  7. badhorsie

    badhorsie Mouth operational, brain elsewhere...

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    I'm sure I read about a similar situation involving a little girl recently
     
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    PATX and Herding Cats, I don't think there's anything the least "odd" about enjoying cemeteries. They are genuine historical sites and usually quite peaceful and beautiful.
     
  9. Gracenote

    Gracenote We know that all things work together for good for

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    That is just horrible. I also explore old cemeteries and have never thought of this kind of incident happening. I will be more alert now.

    You know, I sometimes wonder why I got to live to 51 (so far) and someone else like this child only got 4 years on the planet. I'm not suicidal in the least, but if given an option I would trade with them and let them have a life while I went on to heaven. We aren't given that choice, though.

    Prayers to his family and friends.
     
  10. badhorsie

    badhorsie Mouth operational, brain elsewhere...

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    I love old cemetaries. Earlier this evening I was wandering around our little country one with my daughter, some of the stones there date from the 1600s.
    I found my eldest daughters name from a tomb in Kensal Green cemetary
     
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    RIP Carson... :rose:

    I, too, so enjoy visiting historic graveyards/cemeteries...

    I have never thought them to be dangerous... maybe just a little spooky... :ghost:
     
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    wfgodot Former Member

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    I should have been a sexton. Graveyards have always fascinated me.
     
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    Four year-old boy was crushed to death by a 250-pound tombstone which fell because of 'shoddy maintenance', court hears

    Carson Dean Cheney's death 'had been caused by a lack of proper care by those in charge of the historic Park City, Utah,' lawyers argued

    At trial, lawyers for the child said the cemetery association had even welcomed visitors to the graveyard without warnings about the headstones

    The boy was visiting the area with his family so his father could take pictures of friends who were having a family reunion

    During a photo shoot, the stone weighing more than 250 pounds fell on him, crushing him between it and a footstone in the ground killing him

    His family are seeking $300,000 in damages during the trial that started on Tuesday and is expected to last four days

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ens-suit-filed-Utah-boy-killed-tombstone.html
     
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    I am a huge old cemetery buff. Some of the inscriptions are incredible, and touching. There's this one near here with the inscription, "She did what she could". How wonderful is that?

    That said, I can't believe parents would allow kids to climb on old crumbling tombstones. Not only is it really disrespectful, it's dangerous as they found out. When you walk around a cemetery, you see broken tombstones, and cracked and leaning ones, and ones that are propped up against their bases.

    Maybe I only know this because I love old cemeteries, and know they aren't playgrounds, and the tombstones aren't supposed to stand up to wear like play ground equipment.

    We just went to Arlington National Cemetery, where there are signs all over the place "Please be respectfully quiet" and "No Recreation" and still you see groups of adults just yukking it up together, carrying on, and hooting like they're at the beach.

    Sad for this boy. I feel like the parents should have known not to allow this child to climb on that very large old tombstone, the way parents at the zoo should know not to dangle small children over lion cages. So sad for the child.
     
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    That poor child. I feel sorry for his family. RIP
    Cemeteries have always creeped me out.
     
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