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Edmonton student dies in Mexico resort fall

Friends are remembering a 21-year-old University of Alberta student who died after falling from a balcony at a Mexican resort.

St. Albert native Chris Rogers was staying at the Great Parnassus Resort in Cancun when the incident happened early Saturday morning.

According to Mexican media reports, Rogers got into a fight in a hotel bar and was punched in the face. After leaving the bar, Rogers was disoriented and fell over a balcony railing, the reports said.

Friend Caitlin Boyd, who had known Rogers for more than a decade, said she’s heard that after the altercation Rogers was, “acting funny, just not himself.”

“They went back to the hotel room to take care of him and he stepped outside and fell. That’s pretty much all we know,” she said.

Boyd attended Bellerose Composite High School in St. Albert with Rogers and said he had a big heart and smile.

“Something like this, you don’t think it would happen to someone like Chris,” she said.

“Chris was one of the best people I’ve ever met. He was caring and compassionate and funny. He was just an all-around good guy.”

Rogers enjoyed playing hockey and was studying engineering at the University of Alberta, Boyd said.

Ian Trites, a spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, said the department was working with the family, but were unable to confirm any of the details.

“Canadian consular officials in Mexico are in contact with local authorities to gather additional information and are providing consular assistance to the family,” read the e-mail.

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