A teenager fell to his death from a height of 20 feet while on a spring break trip with his university friends.

Aiden Nevarez, 18 and from the US, climbed over a short wall with a dramatic drop on the other side.

The first-year student from Arizona State University fell to his death in the early morning hours of March 7 at the Hotel Riu Santa Fe in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

His friends who witnessed the horror accident described the wall as being a small barrier hidden behind palm trees which disguised the 20ft drop on the other side.

Jake Reithinger, 19, who was with Aiden said: “It almost looks like it’s just a shrub or a bush and the little wall that’s there is about knee height.”

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Aiden was described as the “happiest” and “most genuine kid”

His heartbroken parents told the Arizona Republic that changes such as better signage or a higher wall need to be made in light of their son’s unexpected death.

His distraught mother Sayra Nevarez said: “This can’t happen to anyone else – it’s completely senseless.

“We love him so much and we’re going to miss him until we see him again.

“I know wherever he’s at right now, he’s going to conquer because that’s who Aiden was.”

His friends said the 20ft drop was hidden by trees

Aiden, a former wrestler at Pinnacle High School, graduated from there in 2021 an was studying business at university.

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Jack Fitzgerald, who was also on the trip, said: “He was the happiest, most genuine kid that I knew.

“He was so loved, everybody loved Aiden.”

Just a day before his death, Jack recalled how happy Aiden was about the trip and life in general.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Aiden to help with funeral costs

He shared that the group were at a restaurant at around midnight and “out of nowhere” Aiden put his arm around him and told him he loved him.

Jack said: “That was such a special moment.”

According to his death certificate Aiden’s tragic death was ruled an accident.

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More than $100,000 (£76,000) has been raised through a GoFundMe page set up for the teenager.

The proceeds will help pay for his funeral and bringing his body home from Mexico.

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