Video: Bodies of Gracie Johnson's parents, sister Kiowa-Rain recovered from rock slide
Update: Yesterday, we told you about a tragic rock slide that had killed five members of a Chaffee County family, with thirteen-year-old Gracie Johnson surviving because of what she described as a last heroic act by her dad shortly before losing his life; see our previous coverage below. Now, the bodies have been recovered and the victims identified as Gracie's parents, Dwayne and Dawna Johnson, her older sister Kiowa Rain and two cousins visiting from Missouri, Paris Walkup, 22, and Baigen Walker, ten. Photos, video and details below.
Photos and videos below.
As we've reported, the six had been hiking near the Agnes Vaille Falls in Chaffee County at around 11 a.m. Monday when a slide several football fields in size was triggered.
Gracie was subsequently recovered from the rubble by a Chaffee County deputy. Shortly before being helicoptered to Children's Hospital in Aurora, she said her father had rushed to shield her as the slide swept over them, almost certainly saving her life.
A look at the rock slide from the air.
Gracie suffered a broken leg. She's undergone surgery and is expected to make a full recovery. She's being cared for by her older brother, Dakota, and an uncle.
Those who were unable to escape the onslaught included Dwayne Johnson, a football coach at Buena Vista High School and patriarch of the family.
Also lost was Dawna Johnson, Gracie's mom, who coached track and is said to have been a gifted amateur photographer.
Dwayne Johnson is at the right in this family photo.
And then there was Kiowa-Rain Johnson, who'd just celebrated her eighteenth birthday on Saturday, and was nominated as homecoming queen at Buena Vista. The image at the top of his post is from a session for her senior pictures.
Dawna Johnson, center, with her two girls.
The other two victims were cousins visiting from Missouri. Here's a photo of Baigen Walker, who enjoyed participating in martial arts....
...and Paris Walkup, who'd just graduated with a nursing degree and reportedly hoped that he could relocate to Colorado.
Last night, a candlelight vigil was held to honor the Johnsons, Walker and Walkup -- and a formal memorial service is planned for Saturday.
Here's a 7News report about yesterday's developments, followed by our previous coverage.
Continue for our previous coverage of the tragic rock slide in Chaffee County, including photos and video.