Mass. Resident ID'd as Skier Killed in Avalanche

A Massachusetts man has been identified as one of the victims who died after an avalanche rushed down a mountainside at a New Mexico ski resort on Thursday.

The avalanche near the highest peak of Taos Ski Valley happened around 11:30 a.m.

NBC10 Boston has confirmed Matt Zonghetti, the man who was killed, was a graduate of Mansfield High School.

Superintendent of Schools Teresa Murphy released a statement following the tragic news:

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“Matt Zonghetti was an outstanding Mansfield High School student-athlete and citizen, We are proud to consider him one of our own. His death is a tragic loss and our school community is heartbroken,” read the statement.

Two other skiers were pulled from the snow after a roughly 20-minute rescue effort, according to a resort spokesman.

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