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Coroner identifies teen who died in fall from Flatirons as aspiring Navy SEAL from Minnesota

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Posted at 10:42 AM, Aug 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-09 20:26:11-04

BOULDER, Colo. – The Boulder County coroner has identified a teen who died after a fall at Chautauqua Park Sunday evening.

Carter Christensen, 17, of Maple Grove, Minnesota, was found near the bottom of the First Flatiron at about 6 p.m. Medical crews attempted to treat Christensen, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

In a prepared statement, Christensen’s family said the teen was in the process of training toward his dream of becoming a Navy SEAL and had been spending time with friends in the area:

“Carter was a lover of the outdoors and an adventurous spirit and was experiencing joy in summiting the First Flatiron in Chautauqua Park.

He graduated High School in June 2017 with aspirations of becoming a Navy Seal.  Carter came to Colorado to be outdoors in a place that he loves.  He wanted to spend some time with friends in Longmont while he trained for his Navy Seal enrollment.

Carter will be loved and missed by all of his family and friends.”

The coroner’s office said an autopsy has been completed but the cause and manner of Christensen’s death are still under investigation.