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Family mourns teen killed at Red Rock Canyon

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Andrew Sasse, 17, was expected to graduate in June from Bonanza High School. (Photo provided by the Sasse family) Andrew Sasse, 17, was expected to graduate in June from Bonanza High School. (Photo provided by the Sasse family)
Friends provided this picture of Andrew Sasse, who they say was the teen hiker who lost his life at Red Rock Canyon on Memorial Day. Friends provided this picture of Andrew Sasse, who they say was the teen hiker who lost his life at Red Rock Canyon on Memorial Day.
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

The Clark County Coroner's office confirmed the identity of a 17-year-old hiker who, authorities say, fell to his death at Red Rock Canyon.

The cause of death, though, was still pending Tuesday for Andrew James Sasse, according to the coroner's office.

According to Las Vegas Metro police, officers received calls of the fall at about 12:10 p.m. Monday.

Police said the teen was hiking as part of a group in the Calico Tanks area of Red Rock Canyon but wandered off by himself. A fellow hiker discovered his body. Police believe the teen fell between 80 and 100 feet.

Clark County School District confirmed Sasse was a senior at Bonanza High School. He was expected to graduate in June, CCSD said.

Family mourns teen hiker

On Tuesday, Andrew Sasse's family issued a statement following the teen's death:

"Andrew was truly an amazing son, brother, grandson, nephew, and friend with a contagious smile and zest for life. He will be sorely missed by all who loved him. During this very difficult time, we are being comforted, as much as possible, by loving family and friends and through our unwavering faith.

Andrew was a senior at Bonanza High School and was very active in student council. He was recently named the 'Friendliest Bengal' for Senior Superlatives award ceremony.

We appreciate the outreach of support and love from the community and ask that we be afforded privacy during this time of grief – we will not be doing any interviews. The date and time of a service will be announced once details have been confirmed.

A fund is being established to assist with arrangements, and any remaining proceeds will benefit Andrew's passion for education and student leadership through the creation of a scholarship in Andrew's name to benefit a Bonanza High School student."

Stay tuned to FOX5 for the latest on this developing story.

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