Raleigh woman was single fatality in weekend storms
Posted January 13, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — A Raleigh woman's death was the only one reported over the weekend after high winds moved through the Triangle Saturday, downing trees across the area.
Cheryl Harrison, 50, was walking with her husband and son on the Abbotts Creek Trail, near Dunn Road, in north Raleigh around 2:30 p.m. when, police say, wind snapped off part of a tree that hit Harrison. She died at WakeMed.
Harrison, who lived near the trail, was an animal lover and the founder of a Christian a cappella group in the community.
Friends of Harrison's took to her Facebook page to express their sadness.
"I love you so much. You will be missed forever," one wrote on Saturday. "I am so sorry you are gone."
"The world lost a lovely spirit today," another friend wrote.
Neighbor Zak Fathi said he often saw Harrison and her family walking along the trail, and he described the family as wonderful.
"It is unexpected and scary," he said of Harrison's death.
Neighbor Robert Huggins said it came as a surprise. "It's on everybody's mind in the neighborhood," he said.