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Connecticut 12-Year-Old Dies After Being Hit By Falling Tree Branch

Hamden Middle School (file)

Hamden Middle School (file)

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HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) - A 12-year-old Hamden girl who was struck by a falling tree branch in her yard last week has died.

Hamden school officials say Gabriela Hudak died Thursday after having been seriously injured last Friday. Fire Department officials say she suffered a head injury when the branch fell on her.

The girl called Gabby attended Hamden Middle School, where counselors will be made available Saturday afternoon. A memorial service is set for 2 p.m. Sunday at Dunbar United Church of Christ in Hamden.

School officials’ described Gabby as a “bright and shining star,” an avid reader with an inquiring mind and a good friend to all on a posting on the school district’s website.

Middle school workers say some students went home early Thursday because they were so distraught.

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