Teens die after visiting 'vampire' grave

September 3, 2011 (nine news) -- Two teenage girls have died after crashing their car on the way back from a late-night visit to the grave of a purported vampire in Rhode Island.

Bella DiPalma, 17, and Ellena Zuller, 16, died after their car flipped over on a dark and winding road that they decided to explore on August 1 because it looked "haunted," police said.

One of the girls was pronounced dead at the scene while the other died later in hospital. Two other passengers escaped with minor injuries, CBS News reports.

"The bottom line is the two people that were fatalities didn't have their seat belts on," Delaney said.

The teenagers, from Warwick, south of Providence, were on their way back from visiting the cemetery grave of 19-year-old Mercy Brown, who according to local legend suffered vampirism.

In 1892 the townspeople dug up Brown's body and mutilated it, in the belief that she was one of the 'undead'.

A candlelight vigil will be held for the teenagers at Pilgrim High School, where they attended.


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