former Cowboys in Dallas 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 After a distress call. Officials said rescuers scaled a remote, steep area and found the climbers dead.
The climbers were identified as 31-year-old Escobar and 33-year-old Chelsea Walsh.
Escobar played in the NFL from 2013 to 2017 for the Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens. He had 30 passes for 333 yards and eight touchdowns during his career. He finished his football career, Alliance of American of Football.
A small amount of rain fell in the area on Wednesday, but it was not clear if it played a factor in the climbers’ deaths. Tahquitz Rock is famous for its steep granite cliffs.
Escobar began working for the Long Beach Fire Department in February. His wife and two children survived.
Fire Department, Cowboys and University San Diego State They sent their condolences on Twitter.
“We are devastated to hear of Gavin Escobar’s passing. Gavin has been an example of a student-athlete and leader on and off the field. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gavin’s family at this very difficult time,” San Diego State Prof. John David Wicker in a statement.
Two Los Angeles climbers fell 200 feet to their deaths on the rock in 2000, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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