It’s one of the sadder stories in recent memory: remembering Yellowstone accident victim Zahra Allahyari, who fell to her death at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
Allahyari was a typical Yellowstone visitor: the eight-year-old from Poway, California, was set to begin the fourth grade at Pomerado Elementary School after vacation. From NBC 7, who visited the school and interviewed friends of the Yellowstone accident victim:
Fourth grader Kirsten Newkirk met the sister she never had in Zahra when they both attended Kindergarten at Pomerado Elementary School.
“We had so much in common. She was really nice to me,” Newkirk said Monday wiping away tears.
From posting for pictures during lunch to preparing for their futures, she said the two girls liked to be partners while they studied.
You can see the full report here:
According to authorities via National Park Service press release, the young girl was hiking with family members along the trail to the Brink of the Lower Falls on Sunday morning. About two-thirds of the way down the trail toward the observation platform, Zahra reportedly stepped off the trail, lost her footing, and fell approximately 550 feet into the canyon.
Park personnel retrieved her body around noon Sunday.