BCSO identifies rock climber killed in Sandia Mountains

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office has identified the rock climber killed in the Sandia Mountains.

The sheriff’s office says several people were climbing Saturday morning when 33-year-old Garon Coriz fell 140 feet. Crews say the victim was repelling off the clandestine wall on the north side of the crest when his equipment failed.

“It’s the worst experience of my life,” Coriz’s father, Scott Borg, said. “Garon meant the world to me, he was my only child.”

Coriz grew up in Albuquerque and the Kewa Pueblo and even attended medical school at UNM. He moved to Utah, then recently made his way to the pueblo to work at a clinic.

His father says Coriz was an experienced climber.

“I’ve been trying to get him to stop climbing but he couldn’t be deterred. He’s been climbing since he was 3 years old. He loved it. He was doing the thing he loved when he died,” Borg said.

A memorial service will be held for Coriz on Saturday at the Sandia Crest.

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