Family members gathered Friday morning to mourn the death of a 4-year-old girl killed by a falling TV.
Services began at 11 a.m. at Boone's Funeral Services in Chicago for Gianna Hadjis, of the 600 block of Sullivan Lane Drive, in University Park. The young girl was pronounced dead just before 3 p.m. Sunday after a box-style TV fell on her.
Gianna's father, Adam Hadjis, told NBCChicago the incident should be a wake-up call to parents.
"As silly as it may seem, secure your furniture and your televisions and anything you have hanging on the wall that's heavy, because it can fall down at any time and kill a child," Adam Hadjis said.
On Oct. 30, 6-year-old Karl Clermont died when a TV fell on his head at his home in the 1700 block of Portsmith Lane in Arlington Heights. His death was ruled an accident.
About two weeks later, 3-year-old Shaniya Singleton was playing with other children when a tube TV set fell on her in the family home on the 7800 block of South Union Avenue in Hamilton Park.
Gianna's heart was donated after she died.
"I hope that that little boy or girl or whoever it is cherishes that piece of my daughter and live a full, happy and successful life," Hadjis said.