Friends react to death of Decorah teen

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DECORAH, IA – An incident Friday night led to the death of one Decorah girl.

The Decorah Police Department was called to Palisades Park on Friday evening after a report of a female falling from the overlook

16 year-old, Kellie Sharp was pronounced dead when police officials arrived on the scene.

On Sunday, friends of Kellie gathered at the lookout where the incident happened and laid down flowers as a memorial.

The lookout has been a controversial spot for the city of Decorah because of how inviting the terrain is for climbing.

One of Kellie’s friends, Trista Erickson was at the overlook on Sunday laying flowers down with Jordyn White, another one of Kellie’s friends.

“I’ve known a lot of people to try and go down there, usually they get scared once they get to the bottom rack and they just come back up,” Erickson said.

While police continue to investigate the situation, the community will continue to remember Kellie and everything she offered to their town

Linda Esquivel visited the lookout to pay tribute to Kellie on behalf of her mom who worked with the teen at the local Wal-Mart.

“It’s very sad,” Eqsuivel said. “I feel really bad for the family that they have to deal with it. I’ve known a lot of people that I went to school with that have passed away and it’s a really hard thing to deal with.”

As a junior in high school, Kellie was, like many other teens, involved in social media and Trista and Jordyn said they have seen an overwhelming amount of love and support for her family on Facebook

“Everybody that I’m friends with on Facebook has made at least one or three postings about how god’s made a new angel and that she’ll always be in our hearts,” Erickson said.

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