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Community pitches in to help family following girl's tragic accidental death

Camilla C. Jacobson was the daughter of a Washington Co. sheriff's sergeant.

A crowdfunding effort has raised tens of thousands of dollars for the family of a Minnesota girl who was accidentally strangled to death.

Camilla Colette Jacobson, 8, died on July 31, just days after she was "involved in a serious medical incident."

Nicknamed "Coco," she lived with her family in Bayton Township, Washington County. 

According to the Pioneer Press, she was the daughter of local sheriff's sergeant Ty Jacobson, and was one of 11 children.

Per the paper, officials say the girl became entangled in a pair of leggings, accidentally choking herself; she was ultimately pronounced dead at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul.

"Her freckly face, diamond blue eyes and her bright shiny smile will be painfully missed by all who knew and loved her," says an obituary that was shared on her family's GoFundMe page. 

"Her greatest accomplishment in her short life was making her 1st Holy Communion and receiving her Brown Scapular and Miraculous Medal in June."

In the obituary, the family also expressed "unconditional gratitude "to the sheriff's office, the Bayport Fire Department, Lakeview paramedics, "and the whole law enforcement community" for their "love and compassion for our angel Camilla and our family."

The GoFundMe, which was launched shortly after the accident, has so far raised over $56,000 dollars. Its fundraising goal is $70,000.

Camilla Jacobson's funeral Wednesday at St. Anne's Church in White Bear Lake. 

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