Gavin Escobar: Former Dallas Cowboys tight end killed in horrific rock climbing accident at 31

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: A rock climbing accident near Southern California claimed the lives of two people, including former Dallas Cowboys tight end Gavin Escobar and another woman on Wednesday, September 28. Rescuers were called to Tahquitz Rock near Idyllwild around 120 p.m. local time. after receiving a call for help, according to the Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department. They discovered the climbers dead after climbing a steep and remote area, officials said. Escobar, 31, and Chelsea Walsh, 33, were identified as the climbers, reported NBC News.

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From 2013 to 2017, Escobar competed in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens. During his career, he had 30 catches for 333 yards and 8 touchdowns. He retired from football with the Alliance of American Football.

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In the tragic accident that happened on Wednesday, there was light rain in the area, but it was unclear if this had anything to do with the death of the climbers. Tahquitz Rock is a well-known rock climbing site, 110 miles southeast of Los Angeles. The granite cliffs of Tahquitz Rock are notoriously steep. Gavin Escobar, 31, and Chelsea Walsh, 33, fell on Tahquitz Rock on Wednesday, Riverside County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brandy Swan said. The sheriff’s records did not indicate the cause of death. Swan said it felt like a “complete accident” that they died. She claimed that despite recent rain, it didn’t seem like the weather was a factor.

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On Twitter, firefighters, the Cowboys and Escobar’s alma mater in San Diego expressed their condolences. Long Beach Fire (CA) tweeted: “It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Long Beach Firefighter Gavin Escobar. The Cowboys posted Escobar’s photo and wrote, “Forever in our hearts.” In another Twitter post, San Diego State Football wrote, “We love you, Gavin.”

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According to NBC News, San Diego State DA John David Wicker said in a statement, “We are devastated to learn of the passing of Gavin Escobar. Gavin was the epitome of a student-athlete and a leader on and off the pitch. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gavin’s family at this incredibly difficult time.”

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Escobar is survived by his wife and two children.

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