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Grand Junction Navy SEAL dies when parachute fails to open during New Jersey skydiving demonstration

Remington J. Peters, 27, of Grand Junction, fell to his death during the demonstration over the Hudson River on Sunday

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In this Sunday, May 28, 2017 photo, officials surround a U.S. Navy Seal's parachute that landed in a parking lot after the parachutist fell into the Hudson River when his parachute failed to open during a Fleet Week demonstration over the river in Jersey City, N.J. The Navy said the parachutist was pronounced dead at Jersey City Medical Center.

The family of a Colorado Navy SEAL who died when his parachute failed to open during a Fleet week demonstration in New Jersey called him a role model to all, in a statement Tuesday.

Remington J. Peters, 27, of Grand Junction, fell to his death during the demonstration over the Hudson River on Sunday. Peters was a member of an elite Navy parachute team called the Leap Frogs.

"He was an angel on earth and a role model who will be "painfully missed," his family said in a statement released by the U.S. Navy. "We couldn't have been more proud of him. He lived life to the fullest and taught us to do the same."

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