Two 'inseparable' teens plunge 100ft to their deaths at isolated waterfall

Two teenagers plunged 100ft to their death at an isolated waterfall where they had gone to take selfies with friends.

Monique Medeiros, 19, and Bruna Vellasquez, 18, died after the pair slipped as they were walking near the top of the waterfall in the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina.

Bruna, who was due to celebrate her 19th birthday on September 28, was pronounced dead at the scene and Monique later died in hospital.

Police said the waterfall could only be reached via footpaths but managed to use a helicopter to locate Monique who “had a severe head injury”.



Police said the pair were killed after falling together when one of the teenagers slipped as she was walking near the top of the waterfall and the other went to help but also lost her balance.

A police chief described the use of the helicopter as “fundamental” but added “Monique had a severe head injury”.

Emergency services said the beauty spot where the teens had ventured to was “off limits” to visitors but said locals often headed to the area.



The victims posted images of themselves on their way to the waterfall to social media with one local paper printing a picture of the group at the top of the picturesque spot.

The women were buried on Monday afternoon in their native Lages.

Friends described Bruna and Monique as inseparable and condolences flooded in for both of the teenager’s families.



One said of Bruna: “So pretty and so young.

“Please God comfort the hearts of your family.”

Dmitri Arruda told local media: “She began as a cashier before beginning to work with me in its management.

“I fell ill and she helped me a lot and basically had to run the business alone.”

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