Mourners Pay Tribute to Avid Teen Hiker Who Died at Eaton Canyon

Esther Suen died after falling 200 feet off a cliff at Eaton Canyon in Pasadena on Friday

By Jason Kandel
|  Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013  |  Updated 9:42 AM PDT
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Esther Suen died after falling 200 feet off a cliff at Eaton Canyon in Pasadena last week. Suen’s peers at Mark Keppel High School in Alhambra memorialized the teen on Monday. Beverly White reports from Alhambra for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on March 25, 2013.

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Esther Suen died after falling 200 feet off a cliff at Eaton Canyon in Pasadena last week. Suen’s peers at Mark Keppel High School in Alhambra memorialized the teen on Monday. Beverly White reports from Alhambra for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on March 25, 2013.

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Friend of Teen Killed Hiking: "At First I Didn't Believe It"

A popular diver and high school senior, Esther Suen, 17, died on Friday in a fall at Eaton Canyon hiking area near Pasadena. Three of Suen's friends were injured. Jane Yamamoto reports from Alhambra for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on March 22, 2013.

Teen Hiker Dies After Fall at Eaton Canyon

A teenage girl died and three others were rescued Friday at the hiking area near Pasadena. Patrick Healy reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on March 22, 2013.
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The mood on Monday for a 17-year-old girl who died after she fell off a cliff during a spring break hike might have been best symbolized by a note left at a makeshift memorial.

“We are so sorry and so saddened of your early passage. What a beautiful, young, vibrant, and ever so promising soul you are!” -- With love Krystal Irwin and Family

Mourners brought flowers, notes and other mementos in honor of their friend, Esther Suen. They brought them to the trailhead of Eaton Canyon, a popular hiking spot at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains in Pasadena, where she died on Friday afternoon.

She was with three other friends during the hike in which an 18-year-old man was also injured.

Rescue crews from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department used a helicopter to pull the man and two others off the mountain and rushed them to a hospital.

Emmanuel Duran, a friend of the surviving hiker, said the he’s recovering well and was released from the hospital on Monday.

“He tries to be strong, tries to be positive,” Duran said. “But he’s saddened by the loss of his friend."

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