Girl, 5, crushed to death by 300lb monument as frantic dad tries to save her

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A five-year-old girl was tragically killed after a 300lb stone monument collapsed on top of her.

Little Bella Grace Bennett died as she was playing with her sister while her frantic father and uncle could not free her from the massive rock in time in the city of Blackshear in Georgia, USA.

The monument, which was erected in 1989, appeared to be missing a bolt used to keep the stone slab upright, according to photos and video obtained by News4Jax.

A witness said he attempted to help rescue the girl as her relatives tried to frantically move the killer stone monument.

He said: "The dad was down that whole time trying to remove this slab off her and he was not successful.

"I tried to lift it up so he could pull her out and we weren't successful."

It had taken three men to move the huge boulder off the schoolgirl victim.

Bella was rushed to a nearby hospital before being airlifted to Wolfson Children's Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Mourners gathered to pay their respects at the site of Bella's tragic death to celebrate her life.

One said: "The community needs you, oh Lord. We need you, Lord, like we've never needed you before."

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Bella had recently started kindergarten at Blackshear Elementary.

Assistant principal Mandy Williams said: "We're a family. Our school is a family and the Pierce County nation is hurting right now.

"Pray for their family. Right now, that's what they need the most is your prayers."

"I would stand in the big kindergarten hall. I would say: 'There's Bella.' She (was) so excited to see me. You could tell she was happy to be there."

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