Boy Sleeping on Top Bunk Killed After Tree Crashes Into Home During Storm

March 5, 2018 Updated: March 5, 2018

A 6-year-old boy has died after a tree fell onto his family’s home at Chester, Virginia, on Friday.

Anthony Hamilton was sleeping on the top bunk bed shared with his siblings when strong winds knocked down a tree, according to CBS affiliate WTVR.

The tree came crashing into their mobile home at the spot where the boy slept.

The powerful winds, fueled by a strong nor’easter, has downed trees and knocked out power for many across Friday and the weekend in Virginia.

“She [Anthony’s mom] got the girls out. She tried to get the tree off of Anthony by herself and she just couldn’t do it,” Anthony’s grandmother, Dawn Summerfield, told WTVR. “She’s guilt ridden. She said, ‘I just couldn’t get it off of him, I tried.'”

Police responded to the home located in the 800 block of Cliffside Drive, at about 2 a.m., according to NBC4.

Rescue crews pulled the boy out of the mobile home before he was rushed to the hospital with critical injuries.

Hamilton died at the hospital later that morning.

“I saw his face and it wasn’t moving,” neighbor Jeffrey Bustillo told WTVR.

The tree also damaged the Bustillo’s family home, but there were no injuries.

“If it fell in the middle of the trailer, I don’t know if I would be standing here right now,” Bustillo told the network.

According to WT$VR, Summerfield called her grandson selfless, bright, and a shining light.

“He’s your typical six-year-old he loves race cars, minions, anything to do with video games,” Summerfield told WTVR. “He’s got the biggest heart of any six-year-old you’ll ever meet.”

Hamilton lived in the home with his brother, two sisters, mother, and two roommates, according to NBC affiliate WWBT. He went to the Elizabeth Scott Elementary School.

A GoFundMe campaign has been created for the family. As of writing it has gained $19,450 out of the $25,000 goal.



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