Ken Hoang ID’d As Minnesota Man Who Died After Falling Into Chicago River; Search Continues For Friend

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The man who died after falling into the frigid Chicago River early Monday has been identified as rescue crews continue their recovery mission for his friend who also fell and is now presumed dead.

Twenty-six-year-old Ken Hoang of St. Paul, Minn. was pronounced dead after he and two friends fell into the river while Hoang was reportedly trying to retrieve a dropped cell phone. Hoang’s friend, a 23-year-old man, was pulled from the water and is in stable condition; rescue crews are still looking for the 21-year-old woman believed to be the unidentified man’s girlfriend.

Hoang’s younger brother, David, lamented to the Tribune from the family’s Minnesota home that the tragedy was “such a waste of life.”

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