Boy who died in monument fall is former Palisade HS student

Officials at Palisade High School confirmed this morning that the 16-year-old boy who died in a fall at Colorado National Monument Tuesday was a former student at the school, Marcos Camacho.

In a note to parents this morning, the school said Camacho had not been a student at Palisade High School this past year, but “we are aware that he had many close friends and even family here at PHS,” the school wrote in a mass email to parents.

Counseling services are being made available through the school until June 5.

Camacho died Tuesday after falling some 100 feet from the popular Independence Monument viewpoint. He was with friends and family when he fell to his death, park officials said.

UPDATE: Just after 2:30 p.m., the Mesa County Coroner’s Office released the full name of the boy killed in the monument fall, saying Grand Junction resident Marcos Alejandro Camacho Guillen died due to blunt force injuries to the chest and abdomen. The coroner’s office also said the death is ruled an accident.


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