Family returns to ice caves where girl was killed

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by TONYA MOSLEY / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on July 31, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Updated Sunday, Jul 31 at 6:37 PM

GRANITE FALLS, Wash. – Sunday was one year to the day that an 11-year-old girl died after being hit by a chunk of ice at the Big Four Ice Caves.

Her family and friends marked the day they lost Grace Tam by going back to the place where she died.

"I feel a little nervous and a little shaky,” said Tamami Tam, Grace’s mother.

They placed a pink cross at the site where they lost her.
 
"Most important thing is I want to honor my daughter, said John Tam.

Warning signs are now posted to tell visitors of the dangers. The Tams say it’s at least one step in making sure this never happens to another family. But they are still pushing for an additional ranger station or satellite phone near the caves. It took rescuers two hours to reach Grace after the accident.

The Tams are also encouraging people to remember Grace by helping the charity campaign of Rachel Beckwith, another life that was taken too soon. Beckwith was killed in a crash on Interstate 90 in Bellevue this month. Since then, her effort to raise money to bring fresh water to children in far away lands has raised over $730,000. You can donate here.

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