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Remembering Poway girl who died at Yellowstone

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POWAY (CBS 8) - Leaders at Pomerado Elementary School are preparing to welcome students back from summer vacation under tragic circumstances, following the death of a student at Yellowstone National Park.

Eight-year-old Zahra Allahyari was on a trip with her family, when she slipped during a hike and fell.

Described by district officials as a bright and compassionate child with immense promise for her future, Zahra's young life came to a tragic end Sunday morning. She and her family were celebrating the end of summer with a trip to Yellowstone National Park when officials say she fell.

"She got partway down the trail, stepped off the trail, lost her footing and fell about 550 feet," Yellowstone National Park spokesperson Al Nash said.

The park spokesperson says Zahra was walking on the brink of the Lower Falls. She was about two-thirds of the way down to the observation platform when she fell to her death.

Pictures show some areas have railings and caution signs are posted. It's the most popular site to visit at the park.

Zahra's death marks the third accidental death there this year.

Back in Poway, the school district is dealing with the tragedy by providing counselors to staff, students, and family members if needed. The Pomerado Elementary School principal also recorded a message for parents, saying in part:

"I ask you to join the staff and students of Pomerado Elementary School as well as the entire family of Poway Unified School District in keeping her family and friends in your thoughts and prayers."

District officials say Zahra has two siblings at the school. Counselors will be available Wednesday through Friday, and will return next week if needed.

There was also a moment of silence in Zahra's honor at Tuesday night's school board meeting.

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