A 12-year-old girl was tragically killed over the weekend after a snow fort collapsed on top of her, suffocating her.
Esther Jung was playing outside of Rothem Church in Arlington Heights, Illinois with her 9-year-old friend on Sunday, The Chicago Tribune reports.
The two were playing in the snow, creating a fort out of a large snowbank, while their families were inside the church attending the services, Sgt. Charles Buczynski of Arlington Heights Police Department told the outlet.
After an hour had passed and their children still hadn’t returned from playing, their families reportedly went outside to search for them, police said.
It was then that the families discovered the two girls underneath the large pile of snow. Buczynski toldThe New York Post that they were able to find the children after a family member noticed a piece of one of the girl’s clothes sticking out of the snow.
“By the time police and fire personnel responded to the scene, they were already out of the snow,” Buczynski added in a statement to the Post.