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8-year-old dies from fallen tombstone

Posted: 6:43 PM, Dec 12, 2016
Updated: 2016-12-12 23:43:55Z

An 8-year-old Arkansas boy was killed at a party at his church on Saturday after a century-old tombstone fell on the child, crushing him to death, KAIT-TV reported. 

The boy, whose identity was not released due to his age, was attending a birthday party at a church as he was playing on a tombstone belonging to a person who died in 1906. KAIT-TV reported, citing the local's sheriff's office, that the tombstone became loose, toppling over and killing the boy. 

Authorities do not believe foul play was involved in the boy's death. 

"Just an 8-year-old rambunctious young man, just like many 8-year-old young men and full of life," Jeff Neely, the church's pastor, told KAIT. "There is definitely a lot of prayer being sent up on behalf of their family."

The incident took place in Lynn, Arkansas, which is a town of 282 residents located 130 miles northeast of Little Rock.