Child Crushed To Death By Marble Statue In Munich

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Kay Smythe News and Commentary Writer
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A 7-year-old Italian girl, Lavinia Trematerra, was killed Friday evening after being crushed by a 440-pound marble statue in Munich.

Trematerra was playing in a courtyard with an 8-year-old boy when the statue toppled over and fell on her, according to reports from Italian media. She was visiting the German city with her family while on vacation from their home in Naples, and was set to leave that night, the Daily Mail reported.

Bystanders immediately rushed to rescue Trematerra, including her father Michele, and attempted to lift the statue off of her body, the outlet reported. Paramedics subsequently arrived on the scene and attempted to resuscitate Trematerra before transporting her to a local hospital, the New York Post noted.

Trematerra reportedly died in hospital some hours later. “You are and will always be our angel. Rest in peace, love of our lives,” her mother, Valentina Poggi, wrote on social media shortly after her daughter’s passing, the NY Post continued. (RELATED: REPORT: Child Killed By Family During Disturbing Exorcism Ritual)

“Our life has changed forever,” her father wrote in a post. Munich law enforcement has reportedly opened an investigation into Trematerra’s death. Some members of the police force claim Trematerra had potentially been climbing on the statue prior to the incident, the NY Post noted.