Girl, 16, who died after accident at on last day of school attended Viewmont High

May 23, 2023, 11:19 PM | Updated: Jul 30, 2023, 9:38 pm

WEST BOUNTIFUL, Utah — The family of a 16-year-old killed in a tragic accident Tuesday afternoon was a student at Viewmont High School.

Madolin Morley was celebrating the end of the year with friends on the last day of school in West Bountiful, her family told KSL.

She was in a hammock in the backyard of a friend’s house with three friends when a rock pillar the hammock was tied to fell on her and killed her.

Her uncle released a statement on behalf of the family:

“We are all saddened by the sudden loss of our sweet Madolin – a kind, caring, and bright young woman who touched countless lives. We are grateful for the outpouring of love and support from our family, friends, school, and community. As we all grieve in our own ways, let us all act as Madolin would, by thinking of others first and being a friend to all.” – Matt Morley

Viewmont High School also released a statement that said, in part, “Our hearts are heavy following, the sudden death of one of our students. This student was celebrating the end of school with friends and classmates when the tragic accident occurred, we are deeply saddened for the family and classmates and staff members who are affected by this untimely loss.”

According to a West Bountiful police press release, first responders were called to the backyard of a home near the 800 West block of Heritage Point Lane at approximately 1:33 p.m.

An ambulance took Morely to a local hospital where she died from her injuries. Another teen suffered minor injuries in the incident.

Police believe the incident was accidental.

Tuesday was the last day of school at Viewmont. However, grief counselors will be at the school Wednesday starting at 8 a.m. for anyone who needs them.

A GoFundMe* has been established to help Madolin’s family at this time.

SafeUT app: Parents, students, and educators can connect with a licensed crisis counselor through chat by downloading the SafeUT app or by calling 833-3SAFEUT (833-372-33888) 24/7

*KSL TV does not assure that the money deposited to the account will be applied for the benefit of the persons named as beneficiaries. If you are considering a deposit to the account, you should consult your own advisers and otherwise proceed at your own risk.

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Girl, 16, who died after accident at on last day of school attended Viewmont High