Teenager falls to death on rock climbing wall he didn’t realize was 20ft

A teenager died from a height of 20ft while on a spring break trip with his college friends.

Aiden Nevarez, 18 and from the United States, climbed a small wall with a spectacular fall on the other side.

The Arizona State University freshman died in the early morning hours of March 7 at the Riu Santa Fe hotel in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Friends who witnessed the horrific crash described the wall as a small barrier hidden behind palm trees that obscured the 20ft drop on the other side.

Jake Reithinger, 19, who was with Aiden, said: “It almost looks like it’s just a shrub or bush and the little wall that’s there is knee high.”



Aiden has been described as the ‘happiest’ and ‘most genuine’ kid

His heartbroken parents told the Arizona Republic that changes such as better signage or a taller wall needed to be made in light of their son’s unexpected death.

Her distraught mother, Sayra Nevarez, said: “This can’t happen to anyone else – it’s completely insane.

“We love him so much and we will miss him until we see him again.

“I know wherever he is right now, he’s going to win because that’s what Aiden was.”



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His friends said the 20ft drop was hidden by trees

Aiden, a former Pinnacle High School wrestler, graduated from there in 2021 and was studying business in college.

Jack Fitzgerald, who was also on the trip, said: “He was the happiest, most genuine kid I know.

“He was so loved, everyone loved Aiden.”

Just a day before his death, Jack recalled how happy Aiden was with the trip and life in general.



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A GoFundMe page has been set up for Aiden to help with funeral expenses

He shared that the band were at a restaurant around midnight and “out of nowhere” Aiden put his arm around him and told him he loved him.

Jack said: “It was such a special moment.”

According to his death certificate, Aiden’s tragic death was ruled an accident.

More than $100,000 (£76,000) has been raised through a GoFundMe page set up for the teenager.

Proceeds will help pay for his funeral and bring his body back from Mexico.

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