Thursday, May 24, 2012
20-year-old Marine who fell to his death at the Grand Canyon is being mourned in his south-central Kansas hometown of Derby.
The Wichita Eagle reports that Jeffery Klingsick was recently discharged from his home base of Camp Pendleton, Calif. He was driving home to Kansas when he and a Marine friend stopped Tuesday at the national park in Arizona.
Klingsick's father told the newspaper Thursday his son walked too close to the edge on the canyon's South Rim and fell 30 feet to a ledge below. He says Jeffery then stumbled and fell at least 600 feet from the ledge.
The Derby High School graduate had mustered out of the Marines after two years of service, including seven months in Afghanistan as a scout and rifleman.