A photographer was killed by a log that two boys allegedly threw off a cliff for a laugh, prosecutors said.
The 16-year-old and a 17-year-old suspects were arrested and charged over the death of photographer Victoria Schaffer on September 2 in Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio.
Schaffer had been taking senior portraits of high school students when the 74lb log landed on her, killing her instantly, as she sat on a staircase at Old Man’s Cave.
Investigators with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources determined early on that the log was either thrown or pushed off the cliff, according to the Hocking County Prosecutors Office.
After a month of dead ends, authorities got a tip from a caller who said one of the teens sent a text message to a classmate stating he did something ‘serious’ at the park with the other teen who is now charged.
Both teens are currently charged with reckless homicide, but the charges may change as more information comes in, according to the prosecutors office.
A spokeswoman for the Hocking Prosecutors Office said, at this point, it does not appear the acted maliciously, telling Metro US: ‘At this time we’ve charged with reckless homicide so at this time we are operating under the assumption that was more reckless.’
‘Reckless homicide requires that they be doing some act, either lawful or unlawful act that directly results in the death of someone else because the knew the risk they were taking and did it anyways.’
Schafer’s sister, Cathy Muth, told ABC 6: ‘We understand that it maybe was an accident.
‘But just knowing and be able to put that away would be helpful.
‘We are not out for vengeance.
‘We just want to know what happened, and we want to prevent it from happening again.’
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