Blue Ridge Parkway - Teenager Dies In Fall From CliffThe victim was identified as Alexandra Babeva. In a tribute, her sister Alissa wrote the obituary that appeared in the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Blue Ridge Parkway dispatch center and Humpback Rocks visitor center received multiple reports of a young woman who had fallen approximately 50 feet down a cliff onto the parkway on Sunday evening, September 15th. There was a rapid response from park rangers and interpretive staff, Waynesboro and Wintergreen rescue squads, and medically trained visitors who witnessed the accident.
The patient, a 13-year-old girl, was flown by helicopter to University Medical Center in Charlottesville, but succumbed to her injuries. She had been picnicking with family and friends at Humpback Rocks picnic area and had hiked out to an overlook to view the sunset. She and another youngster had scrambled down from the overlook and were climbing along the top of the cliff when she fall. [Submitted by Kurt Speers, Ridge District Ranger]
Oh, darling. Although we weep for the time you lost, we cannot mourn the time you lived. In 13 years, you learned enough to fill lifetimes. With those endless words of yours, you told the world into existence. Your love always lived beyond you, such a little being could not possibly hold the return. Now, we love for you. I live for you. Tbl CBET. Everywhere, the people you knew keep you as sweet, soft whispers. Reminding us to smile truly and look deeply; you will tell us how to see the smallest of the small and the biggest of the big. You flew, my baby, you never fell.H/T to Merlot
For anyone wishing to reflect Sasha's beauty through nature's divinity, our family invites you to enter the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens at 11 a.m. Sunday, September 22, 2013. Written by Alexandra's sister, Alissa. Arrangements by Bliley's-Staples Mill.