Girl, 12, killed after snow fort collapse outside an Illinois church

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A 12-year-old girl who was killed in a snow fort collapse in Arlington Heights Sunday has been identified.

Authorities have released the identity of a 12-year-old girl who died after a snow fort collapsed on her in Arlington Heights Sunday..

The girl has been identified to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office as Esther Jung of Elk Grove Village.

Investigators said Esther and a 9-year-old girl dug the fort Sunday in a snowbank near Rothem Church while their parents were at services inside the church. The adults found the collapsed fort about an hour later and called for help.

The fort collapsed on both girls, killing the 12-year-old girl. She was in cardiac arrest when she was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead. The younger girl is being treated for hypothermia.

Arlington police called the incident an accident and did not suspect foul play.
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