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Police identify Ft. Thomas teen killed by tree

Michelle Chalk, 15, was killed in the accident in Ft. Thomas. She would have been a freshman at Highlands High School (WKRC)

FORT THOMAS, Ky. (WKRC) - A 15-year-old girl is dead after a tree fell onto her in Fort Thomas on Tuesday. Police have identified her as Michelle Chalk.

Emergency crews were called to a home on Pebble Creek at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday evening. It appears Chalk and another teen sat in a hammock tied to a couple of trees. One of the trees fell onto chalk killing her instantly. The other teen wasn't seriously hurt.

Police say she was set to begin her freshman year at Highlands High School.

"Well, we are just heartbroken for the family, for the friends, for the teachers, for everyone who knew this amazing, remarkable girl," said Karen Cheser, the superintendent for the Fort Thomas Independent Schools. "I did not know her but I'll I've heard is how she was just a bright, shining star and it is devastating for everyone here. Our hears, our prayers, our thoughts are out to her family and friends."

Grief counselors were available Wednesday to talk to anyone who needed help.

Chalk has been a member of the cast of the Cincinnati Ballet's "Nutcracker" performance since 2013.

“We are deeply saddened to lose Michelle who was a vibrant and beloved member of our young performers cast,” said Victoria Morgan, Artistic Director, Cincinnati Ballet. "She danced in our Nutcracker performances each year since 2013 and was most recently featured as lead soldier in our 2016 production. Our condolences go out to Michelle’s family during this difficult time.”


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