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Hamden Girl Dies After Accident with Tree

The Hamden Middle School student was struck by a falling tree trunk Friday afternoon and passed away Monday.

A Hamden girl has died after a freak accident Friday at her Gilbert Avenue home.

Gabriela Hudak, 12, was injured while playing on a tree trunk that had fallen during a recent storm in her back yard, according to officials. She was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where she passed away on Monday.

The following statement was posted on the Hamden Public Schools website:

"HPS is deeply saddened to report the passing of one of our students. Gabriela Hudak passed away this morning after sustaining a serious injury last Friday.

Gabby, as she was so fondly called, attended Dunbar Hill Schoolfrom kindergarten through grade six and was currently a student atHamden Middle School. She will be remembered as the bright and shining star that she was – an avid reader with an inquiring mind, and a good friend to all.

Gabby was also a caring member of her community, organizing a Hurricane Relief Fund for Haiti. As one of her teachers said, “Gabby was one of those few kids who got along with everyone – she was smart, kind, talented and a true pleasure to be around. She loved school and everyone in school loved her.”

A “Service to Celebrate Gabby’s Life” will be held on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 2:00 PM at the Dunbar United Church of Christ, 767 Benham St.

Counselors will be available at Hamden Middle School on Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 2 – 4 p.m. for anyone in the Hamden community wanting support in dealing with this tragedy.

Our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with the Hudak family during this difficult time."
Leshea Schaivone April 04, 2013 at 03:34 PM
This makes my heart hurt. May she rest in peace and may her family find comfort during the most difficult time.
Pamela Chesnas April 04, 2013 at 04:19 PM
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this sad time.

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