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A Massachusetts college student died after falling from her Airbnb balcony in Cancun

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  • A college student from Massachusetts died in Cancun, Mexico after falling from an Airbnb balcony.
  • Leah Pearse, 20, had climbed to the third-floor balcony to gain access to the locked property.
  • Her boyfriend was initially arrested but was cleared of wrongdoing and her death was ruled accidental.

A 20-year-old student from Massachusetts has died in Cancun, Mexico, after trying to get into her locked Airbnb through its third-floor balcony, according to her obituary, reported on by NBC10 Boston.

Leah Pearse found herself locked out of the Cancun property on January 6, having left the keys inside, and tried to get in through the balcony before falling and dying instantly.

She was studying to be a nurse at Simmons University in Boston and working as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Mass General Hospital.

Pearse’s boyfriend, Augustine Aufderheide, was initially arrested by Cancun police after her death, Mexican news site NotiCaribe reported.

Aufderheide had told police that he and the deceased had been arguing before her death, according to Southern Maryland News Network.

However, authorities cleared Aufderheide of any wrongdoing, and her death was ruled an accident, according to NotiCaribe.

“The last thing I said to her,” her father, Reggie Pearse, told NBC10 Boston, “I just said to her, ‘Be careful,’ and she said, ‘I’ll try, Dad.'”

“She was extremely unpredictable, extremely quirky, extremely funny,” her sister Anna Pearse said.

Pearse spent her last day in Cancun on the beach with her boyfriend, who her sister said she was “so in love with.”

“All day, they were singing, ‘That’s Amore,'” Anna Pearse said. 

Her mother, Amy Goldfarb, said her daughter had died “at the top of her game.”

“She was so happy. She was so in love. She had just gotten straight A’s. She was proud and excited about her future,” she said.

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