POWAY - The clouds that rolled into Poway seemed to capture the feeling of sadness at Pomerado Elementary on the first day of school Wednesday.
Parents held their kids a little bit tighter as they walked by a memorial for 8-year-old Zahra Allahyari. Her friends have left teddy bears, handwritten notes, and pictures.
Allahyari died in a fall Aug. 17 after she lost her footing and fell more than 500 feet down into a canyon at Yellowstone National Park. She was hiking with her family.
She was supposed to start fourth grade Wednesday. Her classmates said there’s so much they’ll miss about her.
"She's so much fun to play with, she was always smiling," student Kiara Christensen said.
News of her death left many parents emotional as they dropped off their kids.
“If that was my child, what her parents must be going through right now to see all the other kids go back to school, and you know your little girl’s not,” parent Maria Brooks told 10News. “Losing a child – it’s very sad.”
According to the Park Service, the girl and members of her family were hiking down a trail on the north side of the Grand Canyon to the Brink of the Lower Falls overlook. The agency says the child apparently stepped off the trail, lost her footing and fell.