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Monday, June 9, 2014

Toddler Killed by Falling Statue in Fisherman's Wharf (Update)

Posted By on Mon, Jun 9, 2014 at 12:24 PM

  • Kayson Shelton

Update: Family responds to tragedy. Read at the bottom:

A 2-year-old Utah boy was killed over the weekend during a family visit to Fisherman's Wharf where a statue fell on him, according to police reports.

Officer Gordon Shyy says the boy was climbing a dolphin statue outside a business on the 200 block of Jefferson Street Friday morning when the heavy statue came unbalanced and fell over onto him.

"The toddler's sister attempted to help him when the statue began to fall," Shyy says. However, the statue was too heavy.

Medical authorities identified the victim as Kayson Shelton, a resident of Draper, Utah.

The boy, who was on vacation with his family, was taken to San Francisco General Hospital where he died from his injuries. Police cited the merchant for placing merchandise on the sidewalk impeding pedestrian traffic, Shyy says.

A website has been created to raise money for the family:

The following statement was released on the website:

Our hearts are greatly saddened at the loss of Kayson Shelton. On Friday, June 6, 2014 Kayson was on a walk with his family at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, California when a statue fell over on him and crushed him. Despite doctor's attempts to save him he passed away that afternoon. The last words he spoke in this life were "I love you". Such a beautiful and loving child, and while we are greatly comforted in the knowledge that families are forever, we will dearly miss his smiling face until then.


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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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