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Palo Alto man, 21, dies in 'freak accident' while on hike in San Diego

Original post made on Feb 1, 2021

Max Lenail, a 21-year-old man from Palo Alto died over the weekend while hiking in San Diego, according to his family, friends and news reports.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, February 1, 2021, 9:28 AM

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Posted by Palo Alto Mom
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 1, 2021 at 10:38 am

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So sorry to hear this tragic news. What a sad and terrible loss. My deepest condolences and blessings to Max's family.

Posted by Palo Alto mom
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 1, 2021 at 10:42 am

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I’m so very sorry to hear about such a tragic loss of an inspiring young adult with so much to give to the world. My deepest condolences to the family and all his loved ones. May his memory be a blessing.

Posted by NanaDi
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 1, 2021 at 10:44 am

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So sorry to learn of this family's tragic loss. Your Son sounds as if he would have made a great contribution to Society, so it is a loss to all of us. May you find comfort in the thought that he died doing something he enjoyed, and may he Rest in Peace.

Posted by Jazzy*
a resident of Menlo Park
on Feb 1, 2021 at 12:18 pm

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So sad. Sorry for the tragic loss of this young man. Deepest condolences to Max's family, friends, teachers and all who knew him. He sounds like an amazing young man. This is a loss to the community and world also. I did not know him, but my son also went to Paly Hi and on to med school, and my heart breaks for the family to lose their son. Wishing them love and peace and beautiful memories of this amazing young man who will be with them forever.

Posted by Hsin Mei Liu
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 1, 2021 at 1:20 pm

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So very sad to read about the early passing of Max, he sounded like such a great young man who had a great deal to contribute to the world. My deepest condolences.

Posted by Rhodoreae
a resident of Ventura
on Feb 1, 2021 at 3:21 pm

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I send sympathies to all who loved Max.

I recommend the non-profit Kara for grief support who helped me with my loss of a family member.
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Posted by Paly Mom
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Feb 1, 2021 at 4:04 pm

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My daughter saw him on the Paly campus and he always looked happy. "As immensely cruel as his death is, we are grateful to God for loaning him to us for 21 years." Nice quote from his dad. His spirit went back; our bodies are only shells, he is okay. My condolences to the family.

Posted by GaryB
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Feb 1, 2021 at 7:05 pm

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Wow, so sorry this happened.

I've been outdoors and have had a couple of situations that could have gone either way, one in particular where I was saved by finding an unexpected handhold on a cliff in Big Sur. I did think how sad my parents would have been if I had missed it. Now that I have kids of my own, it brings it home much more. Again, so sorry.

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