Channel 9's partners at the Gaston Gazette reported that the man fell from the top of Crowders Mountain moments after his boyfriend said he had taken his photograph.
Hector Calix told the paper he and Navas Delcid, both from Long Island, New York, stopped at the state park while passing through as they returned home from Miami.
Calix said he has a sister who lives in Cherryville.
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