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9-year-old girl dies after bounce house blown into power lines  4 Weeks ago

Source:   USA Today  

RENO, Nev. — Hundreds of people lined the hallways of Renown Regional Medical Center  to honor the 9-year-old girl who died after being injured in a bounce house incident earlier this week. 

Lizzy Hammond died after a bounce house blew into power lines in South Reno near Bartley Ranch on Sunday. Two other children were also injured in the incident. 

"It is with heavy hearts that the Hammond family must officially announce the death of our beloved Elizabeth 'Lizzy' Hammond," the family said in a statement Friday.  

"Our precious Lizzy was a beautiful, intelligent, silly, vibrant little girl who was full of life. She was a daughter, granddaughter, sister, cousin, teammate and beloved friend." 

The family said they were planning to donate the girl's organs "to help upwards of 80-100 children nationwide," adding: "We believe that her beautiful spirit will carry on within those individuals that she helps."

Washoe County Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Harmon told The Associated Press on Friday the accident remains under investigation but that he had no new information to report. Authorities told KOLO-TV the bounce house seemed to be secured to the ground but was caught by an especially strong gust of wind.

Sheriff Darin Balaam said Friday the girl’s death has affected everyone involved.

“We are truly heartbroken for the family,” he said in a statement. “I speak on behalf of every deputy, firefighter, trooper, dispatcher, and medic who responded to this incident as well as all area first responders when I say to the family 'our prayers are with you, our thoughts are with you and we are here to help in any way that we can.'"

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