This past Friday night at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, West Metro Fire Rescue was called to the venue's upper north parking lot during a show featuring Ghostland Observatory to aid a woman who reportedly fell from the rocks. The woman, 27-year-old Alicia Brauer, later died from the injuries she sustained from the fall, which occurred nearly a year to the day of the previous fall-related fatality at Red Rocks.
According to Michael Murphy, deputy chief of operations at West Metro Fire Rescue, emergency personnel was dispatched to Red Rocks around 11 p.m. in response to a call from friends of Brauer, whom Murphy estimates fell from approximately thirty feet.
When rescue officials arrived on the scene, Brauer was located after a fairly extensive search. "The report does not specify an exact location," says Murphy in regard to where in the park the fall occurred. "But it was somewhere between Ship Rock and the ravine just north of the amphitheater." Once stabilized, Brauer was taken by ambulance to St. Anthony Hospital, where she later died from her injuries. Carl Blesch, Jefferson County Chief Deputy Coroner, confirms that Brauer died from closed head trauma.
This is the second fall-related fatality at Red Rocks in the past year. Nearly a year ago to the day, on Friday, June 17, 2011, a twenty-year-old Highlands Ranch resident fell to her death while hiking at Red Rocks. "Don't climb on the rocks," Murphy cautions. "You just can't be too careful. It's a wilderness environment, and they put those signs there for a reason."
Brauer, who originally hailed from St. Louis, Missouri, was in Colorado visiting from New Orleans with her boyfriend Samuel Dosch, who was celebrating his thirtieth birthday. Friends and family members of the couple, which had been together for six years, have established a Give Forward fund for Dosch, and so far, they've raised more than three thousand dollars.
More than a name in another tragic story involving Red Rocks, Brauer, as evidenced by the photos on her Facebook page below, appeared to have lived a very full life.
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