Heartbreaking update after girl, 10, fell to her death while hiking with family at Garden of the Gods in Illinois

THE family of a girl who died after plunging 100 feet while hiking has paid a touching tribute as they released details of her funeral.

Little Everly Montgomery, 10, fell while visiting the Garden of the Gods trail at the Shawnee National Forest in Illinois on July 29.

Everly Montgomery fell 100 feet while hiking in Illinois on July 29

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Everly Montgomery fell 100 feet while hiking in Illinois on July 29Credit: Meng Family Funeral Home

Everly, who was from Indiana, was flown to a local hospital but died of her injuries.

The youngster’s family has paid tribute to her in an online obit.

They said: “Everly loved riding her bicycle to the local library. She was a bright, inquisitive young girl and an avid reader. Her smile and enthusiasm could brighten anyone’s day.”

Everly also played volleyball and softball and also took part in cross country.

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A funeral service is set to be held at the Odon Christian Church on August 4.

She was due to enter the fourth grade at the school where her mom Heather is a teacher.

The school district said: “Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of our elementary teacher Mrs. Montgomery, whose daughter Everly passed away following a tragic accident on Friday.

“Please continue to pray for comfort and peace for her entire family.”

The accident happened at the Devil’s Smokestack and The Garden of the Gods is one of the most popular hiking trails in the Shawnee National Forest.

The Garden of the Gods is known for its scenic views and uneven

Hikers are allowed to climb on the rocks but officials have warned about the potential risks.

Ex Saline County Sheriff Keith Brown told KFVS: “It’s up to everyone to police themselves and to be careful and to not get in the position where you can be harmed.

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“Being responsible is something we ask especially in an area that is very dangerous if you’re not paying attention and not careful.”

Brown warned that the uneven rock formation makes it easy for hikers to turn an ankle.

The tragedy happened at the Shawnee National Forest

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The tragedy happened at the Shawnee National ForestCredit: 25 Eyewitness News/ABC

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