By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

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.


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  • by not happy on Dec 15, 2008 at 09:05 PM
    He was a fine young man with a caring family. So why tarnish his memory by printing he had been drinking.
  • by Bonnie Location: Williamsburg on Aug 14, 2008 at 09:35 AM
    My heart and prayers go out to Pam and her family.
  • by jason Location: kentucky on Aug 13, 2008 at 06:53 PM
    i have been to myrtle beach a few times a someone is always falling off a balcony something needs to be done.
  • by Robin Amburgey Location: Hazard, Kentucky on Aug 8, 2008 at 11:47 PM
    For your information DaJuan, I do not live in Hazard. I am from Hazard and proud to be. At least we are taught manners and to have respect for the dead. Pam I pray that you are doing ok and that the family is coping well with Daniels tragic accident. May God bless the Rector family.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 8, 2008 at 01:21 PM
    why doesnt everyone on here just stop blaming this on drinking. if you dont like it, then keep it to yourself. this was one of my best friends and this really angers me that less than a week after he passes i read all of this. this is disgraceful! the alcohol may have had a part to do with it. but please just keep your rude comments to yourself
  • by Unknown Location: Eastern Ky on Aug 8, 2008 at 11:29 AM
    To the family and friends of this young man its sad to hear about this i was in Myrtle Beach at the time this happend and just a hotel down however we did not know what was going on always when you see fire trucks, ambulances, and police cars you always expect the worse. In these cases hotels does not have a whole lot of protection from the balcony. Alchool does not always have to play a role in everything anyone sober can easily fall as well. its not fair for anyone to say maybe a lesson will be learned here im sure everyone has made mistakes in their life sometimes people act as if they were better and they dont make bad choices or anything to that nature. Just always remember anything can happen at anytime drinking or anything else does not have to be involved. I think alot of you people get on this site thinking its yahoo chat or MSN but its not some of you all need to grow up and act like adults...
  • by DaJuan Location: Lexington on Aug 8, 2008 at 07:56 AM
    To Robin Amburgey, just stay in Hazard and never come to our city EVER! Rot in Hazard! If you have a problem with WKYT.com the website that is out of LEXINGTON, then go away and play on some hillbilly website where you live! If you dont like us or the people around here, then ask yourself why are you on this website that a news website out of Lexington? Kids and drinking dont mix well.... maybe a lesson will be learned here.
  • by Tbone Location: LEX on Aug 8, 2008 at 07:51 AM
    Hey annonymous, drinking and being a drunk is terrible and a sin! quit justifying drinking beer moron! you will be the next one dead from it if you keep drinking!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 8, 2008 at 05:36 AM
    It frustrates me to know that through the tragic death of an amazing individual, people choose to use the story as a discussion board over their belief's in alcohol. Put yourself in his mother's shoes and morn the loss of someone you truly love and then see if these comments are necessary. I am choosing to remember the man he was, not the actions he chose.
  • by Robin Amburgey Location: Hazard, Kentucky on Aug 7, 2008 at 06:36 PM
    Who do you people think you are. I would just about bet that all the negative posts at this young mans expense are coming from someone that is probably having a drink as we speak and then driving. How dare you judge someone that you do not even know. This should be about Daniel and his tragic accident, and nothing else. When you post on here, just sit back and use your little toy brains for a second and consider someones feelings. I knew that God made a bunch of fools, but I don't understand why he had to put them all in one place. You just show your ignorance and your stupidty when you take a death of someone and use it as a way to further someones hurt. Well shame on you, Daniel was a great person and his family has been through so much. Just wait until a tragedy happens in your family, and it will, cause no one is exempt, and see how you feel when some stranger bashes your loved one. RIP Daniel

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