Tributes flow for girl, 6, killed on theme park ride

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The six-year-old girl who died on an amusement park ride while on a holiday with her family has been identified as Wongel Estifanos.

Earlier this month, Wongle was with her family at the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Colorado on the Haunted Mine Drop ride when the fatal incident occurred.

Since then a GoFundMe has been set up to help her family and Wongel has been identified by multiple news organisations.

"Wongel was a beautiful, caring, and cheerful girl who loves Jesus so much for a six-year-old girl. Her life was cut short in this tragic accident," the GoFundMe says.

Wongel Estifanos was killed while on an amusement park ride earlier this month. Source: GoFundMe
Wongel Estifanos was killed while on an amusement park ride earlier this month. Source: GoFundMe

"Her parents, families and all the community is devastated by this tragic and sudden loss. We want all the community to stand with the family during unthinkable loss. 

"We understand nothing will bring her back, but we do not want this to be an additional burden to the parents; hence asking for your help in this matter."

Over A$90,000 has been raised to date.

Following the tragic death, loved ones have mourned the loss, family friend Bemni Mekonnen told CBS Denver, Wongel was a "social butterfly" who had a lasting impression on anyone who met her.

"She’s not supposed to die at this age, she is only six, the parent is not supposed to bury their child," he said.

Wongel Estifanos was six-years-old and is being remembered as a
Wongel Estifanos was six-years-old and is being remembered as a "beautiful, caring, and cheerful girl". Source: CBS Denver

Mr Mekonnen said Wongel's father, Estifanos Dagne, cannot say a word, instead he just cries and wishes his daughter would come back.

Wongel lived with her family in Colorado Springs, where the tight-knit Ethiopian community has rallied behind the family, KDVR reported.

Daniel Abdella, with the Colorado Ethiopian Community organisation told the news station he spent time with Wongel's family.

"It is really sad. I see the dad and the family. All the community has broken hearts,” Mr Abdella said.

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