Former NFL player Gavin Escobar killed in escalation – NBC Los Angeles

Former NFL tight end Gavin Escobar and a 33-year-old woman from Huntington Beach were identified Thursday as the two people killed while climbing in the Southern California mountains.

Escobar, 31, and Chelsea Walsh were fatally injured around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday near the Tahquitz Peak Fire Lookout, southeast of Humber Parkin the Idyllwild region.

Escobar played in the NFL for five seasons — four with the Dallas Cowboys and one with the Baltimore Ravens — from 2013 to 2017. San Diego State University had 30 catches for 333 yards and eight touchdowns. Escobar was briefly a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Gavin’s family,” said Brady Hoke, San Diego State Head Coach. “I know his wife, Sarah, and daughters, Josey and Charlotte, meant everything to him. Gavin was a great man, father, son and teammate, and he will be deeply missed by all.”

SDSU athletic director John David Wicker described Escobar as “the epitome of a student-athlete and a leader on and off the field.”

His professional football career included a stint in the defunct Alliance of American Football.

Escobar also worked for the Long Beach Fire Department.

“It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Long Beach Firefighter Gavin Escobar,” the department said in a statement. statement. “Enlisted on February 5, 2022, Firefighter Escobar was assigned to Fire Station 3 on Team B.”

Walsh’s family said she was an avid rock climber, who also had a passion for cinematography.

“The best human being I have ever met in my life,” said Father Donovan Walsh. “I know she’s my daughter, but she never ceased to amaze me and everyone she was with.”

Walsh has produced documentaries for Country of road tripa non-profit organization dedicated to youth empowerment.

“She excelled at it beyond belief,” Walsh said. “You can’t walk into an office without a picture of Chelsea.”

It was not immediately clear if Walsh was working at the time of the climbing accident.

Escobar and Walsh died climbing a rock face in steep terrain in the San Jacinto Mountains about 100 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Details on a cause of death were not immediately available.

Two witnesses saw the victims and called 911. Firefighters, including a helicopter crew, were dispatched to the scene for a search and rescue operation.

Firefighters climbed a steep path to reach the scene. Escobar and Walsh died at the scene.

Rain fell that day in southern California, but authorities did not say if that was a factor.

Escobar is survived by his wife and two children.

The case was turned over to sheriff’s deputies after the discovery.

The investigation is ongoing.

Virginia F. Goins