“Don’t take any day for granted:” Father remembers daughter killed at Devils Lake State Park

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CHICAGO (WGN) -- A tragedy at a family camp-out in Wisconsin claimed the life of a 10-year-old Illinois girl.

The girl's father was there and describes the accident "freakish" and "bizarre."

"I have that sound of that tree indelibly etched in my mind," said Kevin Spahr, a grieving father remarkably composed just a day after losing the youngest of his five children.

Allison Spahr was only 10 years old. She was killed early Sunday morning, June 1st when a tree fell onto the family's tent in the Ice Age Campground of Devils Lake State Park.

Kevin Spahr says his daughter was joyful, funny and she loved the outdoors. She especially loved to camp.

Fallen branches and debris are all that is left of their campsite in Devil's Lake State Park after oak trees the size of ships fell on top of them in the dark of night.

Kevin Spahr and his 13-year-old son Kyle were trapped beneath them, but somehow escaped great injury.

Allison did not.

"The coroner thought that this large branch had just landed right across her chest and she probably didnt even wake up," Kevin Spahr said.

On Monday, Kevin Spahr's scrapes on his legs are a small reminder of the weekend that changed the his family forever.

There's no bitterness, no confusion — just sadness over the loss and circumstances he knows he couldn't change or ever predict.

"You don't know what the next day holds," Kevin Spahr said. "Don't take any day for granted."

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