Actor in Christmas Show Dies After 25-foot Fall

CINCINNATI (AP) - An actor in a Christmas pageant who was
suspended 25 feet in the air by an overhead rope has died after
falling headfirst onto a concrete church floor.

Keri Shryock and two other actors were playing wise men on their
way to Bethlehem in Wednesday night's opening performance at
Crossroads Community Church in Cincinnati.

The 23-year-old Shryock was taken to University Hospital, where she died Thursday morning.

Ten remaining performances of the show "Awaited" were canceled. The nondenominational church held an evening of prayer, reflection and worship Thursday night.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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