Gavin Escobar, former NFL player, killed during an escalation


A former Dallas Cowboys tight end was one of two hikers killed while climbing in Riverside County, authorities said Thursday.

Gavin Escobar, 31, and Chelsea Walsh, 33, both of Huntington Beach, died Wednesday afternoon at Tahquitz Rock near Idyllwild, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department announced.

Escobar was a Long Beach firefighter who once played with the Cowboys, the department said.

Escobar played four seasons with the Cowboys as well as the Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins. He played college football at San Diego State University.

Escobar is survived by his wife and two young children, firefighters said.

Officials said the victims died while climbing a “rock face”, but no further details were available.


Los Angeles Times

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