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A 12-year-old girl is dead after a snow suburb. Veuer's Nick Cardona has that story.
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A 12-year-old girl died while tunneling through a snowbank outside of her Illinois church on Sunday.

Authorities were called to Rothem Church in the suburb of Arlington Heights on Sunday afternoon after the girl and her 9-year-old friend were found trapped in the snow.

The girls had a tunnel through a large snowbank created by plow, Chicago's WGN reports. Arlington Heights police said they were attending a collage on the girls while their families were attending a church service. The girls' families found them under the snow about an hour later. It was unknown how long the girls were trapped.

It was about 14 degrees at the time.

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A young girl died and another was hospitalized after the snow continued to be built on an Illinois church. (Photo: kellymarken, Getty Images / iStockphoto)

The 12-year-old girl was two weeks later, Chicago's Daily Herald reports. Her father said he is the pastor of the church where she was playing, ABC 7 Chicago reports. She was the youngest of three children and is remembered as a sixth-grader with dreams of being a veterinarian.

The 9-year-old was treated for hypothermia at a local hospital and expected to survive, according to the Chicago Sun Times.

Police said in a statement that this was a "tragic accident."

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Follow Ashley May on Twitter: @AshleyMayTweets

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