Boy killed on water slide was decapitated, police say

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Posted at 8:52 AM, Aug 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-10 10:14:22-04

New details have emerged in the death of a 10-year-old boy who was killed while riding a water slide at a Kansas amusement park on Sunday.

Caleb Schwab was decapitated during his ride on the 168-foot-tall Verruckt water slide, police told Time this week. The tragedy happened at Schlitterbahn in Kansas City.

Schwab's death had previously been described by police as the result of a "neck injury" suffered on the attraction.

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Schwab was from Olathe, Kansas, located about 25 miles south of Kansas City. According to KSHB-TV, the local community has been rocked by the boy's death. According to family and friends, Schwab loved baseball and played for a local youth team.

A memorial service will be held Friday at 2 p.m. local time. Schwab's visitation is set for Thursday evening in Olathe.