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Iowa college student dies after fall from cliff

17 April 2019

A college student died after falling almost 100 feet off a cliff during a hike with her classmates and professors in Arkansas on Saturday.

Some outlets have said Norton was trying to take a photo when she fell from the popular hiking destination, CBS News noted, but Norton's mother, Tamara Norton - who did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment - has denied the claims, saying that a previous ankle injury may have caused Norton's fall. Investigators said when she was posing for a photo when she repositioned herself and fell about 100 feet.

New County Sheriff Glenn Wheeler said Norton had been hiking with some university friends before accidentally falling from a rock formation near Jasper - about 101 miles northwest of Little Rock.

Ms Norton was a triple major in biology, environmental science and had petitioned the school for an associate degree in global studies according to her obituary.

A university student has died after falling off a cliff at a famous hiking spot while taking photos with classmates.

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Wheeler said Norton's is the latest death in a string of several in recent years at the location, which is a popular with photographers.

A 20-year-old South Dakota woman died this morning after she fell off Hawksbill Crag in Newton County.

"But, one stumble or misstep is all it can take to turn a great day into a tragic one", he added.

"Her smile could light up a room and she brought joy to all around her". "She lived BCU's values in everything she did from the classroom to the court and everywhere she went", the university said.

She was on her school's volleyball team, which shared its condolences on social media. Her ashes will be scattered at different places and a memorial will be set up at Briar Cliff University, her obituary says.

Iowa college student dies after fall from cliff