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On Friday, April 17 tragedy echoed across Mount Everest.
Nepali Sherpas were repairing a ladder at about a 20,000 foot altitude when an avalanche came crumbling down, claiming the lives of 16. 13 bodies were recovered.
To read more of this story, pick up the weekend print edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.