Yesterday, I began hearing rumors that Detective Esteban Flores’s 15-year-old son had died in a zip lining accident. I looked for an official news report and did not find one. I did not want the story to be true and I did not want to report it.
Tonight, sadly, I was sent confirmation. Click through for the details…
From CBS5 in Phoenix :
PHOENIX (CBS5) – A 15-year-old member of a Queen Creek Boy Scout troop died on Saturday after going down a zip line.
Tony Flores was among a group staying at a private cabin in the Forest Lakes community about 60 miles northeast of Payson.
Larry Abbott, the CEO of the Grand Canyon Council of the Boy Scouts of America, told CBS 5 News that two adult leaders were preparing a zip line when the accident happened. Abbott says the adults told four boys to wait while they went inside a cabin to get helmets and bungee cords which are used for the braking system.
Abbott said the boys decided to hop on the line with Flores going first. He struck a tree and sustained head trauma.
“They had procedures all in place,” said Abbott. “It was one of those tragic things where kids are trying to be kids.”
Abbott says two boys ran to help Flores while one rushed into the cabin to get the adults who performed CPR and called 911. Flores was pronounced dead at the Payson Medical Center.
Coconino County Sheriff’s Spokesman Gerry Blair said his department is investigating.
“Any death like that is devastating, not just to the victim, but to the victim’s family and to the people who are around him, so certainly it’s very unfortunate that it occurred,” he said.
CBS 5 News has learned that Flores was the son of Mesa Police Detective Esteban Flores, who has been a key witness in the Jodi Arias murder trial.
Earlier this month, 21-year-old Katelyn Conrad died while rappelling with a group from Arizona State University. She was the daughter of Phoenix Police Lt. Robert Conrad. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating Conrad’s death.
Wow, that is so sad. Also, apologies. It’s been a very busy day here and I just realized I forgot to recap the trial today. I’ll try to see what I can do about that tomorrow maybe. I know they had it and that Juan was still up. It’s just that the beginning of the week is very busy and I am still trying to fix the moderation problem with WordPress.