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Brainerd native identified as 1 of 2 people killed in New Mexico avalanche

The avalanche happened on a mountain in northern New Mexico.

A Brainerd native was one of two people struck by an avalanche while skiing in northern New Mexico last week. 

According to an online fundraiser, Corey Borg of Brainerd was skiing at Taos Ski Valley in when an avalanche struck last Thursday, Jan. 17. 

"My nephew ( my sisters son) Corey Borg was in an avalanche while skiing in NM," Borg's aunt, Nicole Klein, wrote on the fundraising page. "We are trying to take financial stress away for the family and allow them to just focus on Corey." 

According to The Taos News, officials from the University of New Mexico Hospital listed Borg in critical condition on Monday morning, but Borg's family announced on Facebook that he did not survive. 

Taos Ski Valley described it as an "in-bounds avalanche" off the Kachina Peak. 

"The ski patrol and nearby witnesses immediately responded to the scene and rescued two skiers who had been buried by snow," the release says. "The skiers received medical attention at the ski valley and were then swiftly transported to local medical facilities."

According to U.S. News, 26-year-old Matthew Zonghetti of Massachusetts also died in the avalanche. It's unclear if Zonghetti and Borg were skiing together. 

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There were no other victims in the avalanche, Taos Ski Valley reported. 

Borg's grandmother, Deb Bowers Borg, wrote on Facebook: "Our grandson Corey Borg loved the mountains, no matter what season. The mountain took his life unexpected with an avalanche while skiing in New Mexico.

"I am so proud of this young man and the impact that he has left on so many lives. You will be missed here on earth but we will all see you later in our journey. Please keep his family in your prayers."

According to Borg's Facebook account, he moved to Colorado in 2016 and attended Colorado Mountain College. He was a tourist guide at Zip Adventures in Wolcott, Colorado. 

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