Dearborn teenager falls from balcony, dies in Cancun

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Posted at 6:24 PM, Mar 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-11 20:08:26-04

DEARBORN, Mich. — A 19-year-old man from Dearborn died in Cancun after falling from a seventh-floor balcony.

Ahmed Altaii, a 2017 graduate of Fordson High School, fell from the balcony of the GR Solaris Hotel, according to the Mexican Municipal Secretariat of Public Security and Transit. He was on a spring break trip with his girlfriend.

What caused Altaii to fall from the balcony is still under investigation.

Dozens of the teenager's friends gathered at Ford Field Park in Dearborn Sunday evening to mourn his loss.

"I'm still in shock that he's gone," said Wasem Eid, who played football with Altaii in high school.

Loved ones shared stories, prayed, and released lanterns in honor of their late friend.

"He's such a great person. He put so many smiles on everybody's face," Ayman Mustafa told 7 Action News.

Altaii's girlfriend, who was with him in Mexico, said the two were much in love, and that he will be dearly missed.

Fordson High School will have extra counselors on hand Monday following Altaii's death.

A GoFundMe was created Sunday to help raise money for Altaii's funeral. To donate to the GoFundMe, click here.