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Death at Hanging Lake identified as Highlands Ranch child

School counselor starts GoFundMe page for family


Garfield County Coroner's Office has identified a boy who died while hiking at Hanging Lake on June 12 as Noah Ragon, an 8-year-old from Highlands Ranch.

Ragon was hiking with his parents and sibling at the scenic waterfall hike just outside of Glenwood Springs when he slipped, fell and struck his head on a rock, a media release from coroner Robert Glassmire said. Witnesses initiated CPR, which members of the Glenwood Springs Fire Department continued.

The coroner determined the cause of death as blunt force injury to the head and the manner accidental, multiple news outlets have reported.

In a GoFundMe page created by Mountain Vista High School Counselor Wendy Strait to help cover medical, funeral and counseling expenses, Ragon is described as a sweet soul who was easy to love.

Created on June 14, the page, at gofundme.com/noahragon, raised nearly $20,000 in one day out of a goal of $30,000.

"While there is nothing that can bring back this sweet soul nor replace his spirit we are all speechless and looking for a way to support this family," Strait wrote. "May we all live in the love that he gave all of us."


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