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22-year-old Daniel Todd Rector passed away this morning in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina after falling from a hotel balcony.
Police say Daniel Rector of Richmond, was sitting on a wall outside his hotel room at Hotel Blue when he leaned back and lost his balance.
Rector fell five stories to a fifth-floor parking deck. He was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Police say Rector was staying at the hotel with several friends.
Witnesses told police Rector had been drinking alcohol in their room, and had planned to go out to a nightclub.
Daniel Rector was a 5th year senior at Lindsey Wilson College, where he was a catcher on the baseball team. He is a 2004 graduate of Madison Central High School, where he played on the baseball team. His former baseball coach at Central Madison tells us Rector was preparing to be a graduate assistant coach for Lindsey Wilson.
Former teammate and best friend Marty Parks says the two boys were like brothers. They played high school baseball together, and were finally able to play against each other in college. Parks says he just talked to Rector last week, and he asked Parks to go on vacation with him to Myrtle Beach. Parks got the news early this morning, and drove several hours to get home to Richmond after hearing the tragic news.
Former coaches and teammates say the young man was a great athlete on the field and a great friend off the field. They say Rector was the captain of Madison Central's baseball team his senior year, and teammates looked up to him.
This is the second time this summer someone has died after falling from a Myrtle Beach hotel.