Former Cowboys tight end Gavin Escobar, another climber found dead in California, officials say


Former Dallas Cowboys tight end Gavin Escobar and another woman were killed in a rock climbing accident near Southern California on Wednesday, officials said.

The Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department said rescuers were called around 12:30 p.m. local time to Tahquitz Rock near Idyllwild following a distress call. Officials said rescuers failed to scale a steep remote area and found the climbers dead.

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Gavin Escobar #89 of the Dallas Cowboys in action during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on November 13, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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The climbers have been identified as Escobar, 31, and Chelsea Walsh, 33.

Escobar played in the NFL from 2013 to 2017 for the Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens. He had 30 catches for 333 yards and eight touchdowns during his career. He ended his career as an Alliance of American Football player.

A small amount of rain fell in the area on Wednesday, but it was unclear whether it played a role in the climbers’ deaths. Tahquitz Rock is known for its steep granite cliffs.

February 17, 2019; San Diego, California, USA; San Diego Fleet tight end Gavin Escobar (89) runs with the ball after a catch during the first half against the Atlanta Legends at SDCCU Stadium.

February 17, 2019; San Diego, California, USA; San Diego Fleet tight end Gavin Escobar (89) runs with the ball after a catch during the first half against the Atlanta Legends at SDCCU Stadium.
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Escobar started working for the Long Beach Fire Department in February. He is survived by his wife and two children.

The Fire Department, Cowboys and its alarm mater San Diego State sent their condolences on Twitter.

“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 court. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gavin’s family at this incredibly difficult time. difficult,” San Diego State says. AD John David Wicker said in a statement.

November 2, 2014: Dallas Cowboys tight end Gavin Escobar (89) warms up before a football game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Arizona Cardinals at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.

November 2, 2014: Dallas Cowboys tight end Gavin Escobar (89) warms up before a football game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Arizona Cardinals at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.
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According to the Los Angeles Times, two climbers in Los Angeles fell dead from 200 feet onto the rock in 2000.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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