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Rock climber killed in fall at Joshua Tree was Culver City man

October 5, 2012 |  9:35 am
Joshua Tree

A man who died after a fall in the Hall of Horrors rock formation inside Joshua Tree National Park was identified Friday as Mojica Antonio Coronel, 42, of Culver City.

Coronel fell into a crevasse while climbing over boulders Thursday afternoon, said officials with the Riverside County coroner's office and the National Park Service.

The incident is under investigation by Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies and Joshua Tree park rangers, the coroner’s office said in a release.

Officials found Coronel on a ledge 50 feet above the ground, but he did not respond to attempts to resuscitate him, according to a statement issued Thursday by the park service.

Hall of Horrors, a popular climbing area, is between the Jumbo Rocks and Ryan campgrounds.


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Photo: A climber at Joshua Tree National Park in March. Credit: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times.