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Chapel Hill man dies after tree falls on mobile home

Posted June 28, 2020 11:41 p.m. EDT

— One person is dead in Chapel Hill, where a tree fell on a mobile home and split it in half on Sunday evening.

At around 5 p.m., rescue crews found Grijalva Revolorio Abel, 47, dead in the Tar Heel Mobile Court at 1208 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Wind speeds of nearly 50 mph were recorded during a storm that passed through Chapel Hill.

Neighbors said they feared for their safety and that it was not the first time trees have fallen there.

"Very, very sad what happened," said Leslie Ventura, who was inside her home during the storm. "I suddenly heard something breaking, but i didn’t know where."

Ventura later came outside to first responders working to rescue Abel and get the tree off his home. Ventura said large trees pose a threat to other homes when heavy storms pass through. "In the past, something (similar) happened to my mom's home," she said, 

Ventura was thankful her mother wasn’t hurt at the time but wants action to prevent other families from becoming victims of what happened Sunday afternoon. 

"I’m hoping the owners of this land can do something about the trees," added neighbor Leslie Vencya.

No one else was hurt. ​

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