Couple identified who were apparently killed after taking selfie in Yosemite National Park

2018-10-30 13:52

The married couple fell to their deaths on 25 October after reportedly taking a selfie at Taft Point – a lookout point in Yosemite National Park in California.

The victims have now been identified as Vishnu Viswanath (29) and Meenakshi Moorthy (30), a popular travel-blogging duo who ran the site Holidays and Happily Ever Afters.

The two tragically fell 244m at a popular viewing point – just a week after another couple’s proposal at the site went viral on social media.

Local officials are still unsure about what exactly happened that caused them to fall to their deaths.

Jamie Richards, a spokeswoman for the park, told The Mercury News, “We’re trying to understand what happened. We may never know, (but) from everything we see, this was a tragic fall.

“There’s a railing at the overlook but there are plenty of places you can go near there without railings.”

In March Meenakshi warned her more than 13 000 followers on Instagram about the dangers of taking pictures at the edge of mountains or cliffs.

“A lot of us, including yours truly, is a fan of daredevilry attempts of standing at the edge of cliffs and skyscrapers, but did you know that wind gusts can be fatal?” Meenakshi wrote.

“Is our life just worth one photo?”

The two – who were both computer science graduates from the College of Engineering Chengannur, a university in South India – married in 2014. Meenakshi started the blog in January 2016, NDTV writes.

The couple’s alma mater wrote on Facebook, “College of Engineering Chengannur (CEC) deeply mourns the accidental demise of its two alumni – Vishnu Viswanath and Meenakshi Moorthy – belonging to the BTech 2006-’10 Computer Science and Engineering batch.

“Our hearts go to the friends and family members of this lovely couple. May their souls rest in peace.”

Their deaths are still being investigated.

SOURCES: People, The Mercury News, The San Francisco Chronicle

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