Ohio Sisters, 14 and 12, Killed in Hammock Collapse: They’ll 'Be with Me Forever,' Says Dad
Scout, 14, and Chasey Scaravilli, 12, were reportedly killed after a brick pillar collapsed on their hammock.
Two young Ohio sisters who family members say shared an incredibly close bond were killed last week after a brick pillar holding up their hammock collapsed.
Scout, 14, and Chasey Scaravilli, 12, were remembered Saturday at a Celebration of Life event, just about one week after the tragic accident occurred at their home in Cleveland Heights, NBC affiliate WKYC reported.
“I got a lot of love from them and I smothered them with kisses to a fault. But they are going to be with me forever,” dad JJ Scaravilli told the outlet.
Scout and Chasey were lying in a hammock that was tied to a tree and a brick pillar when the pillar collapsed on them around 7:45 p.m. local time on June 14, Fox affiliate WJW reported.
They were freed from beneath the bricks and transported to a local hospital, but died several hours later, according to Cleveland Heights Police, who did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
“I don’t blame anybody, I don’t blame myself, I don’t blame those girls,” JJ Scaravilli told WKYC. “I looked at it 100 times. I never thought a brick pillar would come down like that – it was never in my mind.”
Scout was a rising ninth-grader, while Chasey was going to be in seventh grade, according to Hathaway Brown, the all-girls private school they attended in Shaker Heights.
“The entire HB community is saddened by the loss of the Scaravilli sisters; they will be greatly missed by so many friends, classmates, and teachers. Our thoughts and prayers are dedicated to their family,” Head of School Fran Bisselle said in a statement.
In their joint obituary, the girls were remembered by family members for their tight bond and differing — but equally special — personalities.
Mom Heidi described Scout as “selfless” and like a second mother to Chasey, who was a “quick-witted firecracker.”
“[Scout] always saw the best in everyone and gave us encouragement. She was the one who brought us all together,” her parents said.
Chasey, meanwhile, had a “clever sassiness,” a “creative and magical soul” and a “knack for getting what she wanted.”
“They were charming. They were sweet. They were powerful. They were adored,” said dad JJ.
In addition to their parents, the sisters also leave behind twin younger sisters, Coco and Cassidy.