Former TE Cowboys Gavin Escobar killed in Southern California rock climbing accident

Gavin Escobar, seen here scoring a touchdown for the Cowboys in 2015, and Chelsea Walsh died Wednesday after a climbing accident in Southern California. (Tim Heitman/USA Today)

Former Dallas Cowboys tight end Gavin Escobar was one of two killed Wednesday in a rock climbing incident in Southern California. confirmed officials at the Los Angeles Times.

Escobar and Chelsea Walsh died Wednesday near the Tahquitz Peak Fire Lookout in the San Bernardino National Forest – which is just southwest of Palm Springs in Riverside County.

Escobar was 31 years old. Walsh was 33.

It’s unclear what led to their deaths, but officials said they were climbing a “rock face” at the time. Two witnesses saw Escobar and Walsh and called 911 after receiving cell reception, the report said.

Firefighters and rescue teams arrived on the scene about an hour after being alerted. Escobar and Walsh were later pronounced dead at the scene.

Escobar and Walsh lived in Huntington Beach, California. Escobar joined the Long Beach Fire Department earlier this year.

Escobar was selected by the Cowboys in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft after three seasons at San Diego State. Escobar spent four seasons in Dallas before playing a final year with the Baltimore Ravens in 2017. He last spent time with the Miami Dolphins in 2018.

In total, Escobar had 333 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in 64 career games.

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

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