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24-Year-old Maryland Heights skydiver killed during jump

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(KMOV) – A 24-year-old man is dead after a skydiving attempt, Saturday, about a half mile west of the Vandalia Airport in Illinois.

The victim has been identified as Jonathan Bullar of Maryland Heights.

The Fayette County Coroner plans an autopsy for Monday. Bruce Bowen said Bullar's parachute deployed, but not in time for it to be effective.

Officials will be looking at a backup device which is supposed to release a chute at a low altitude if the skydiver fails to deploy the main parachute. The Fayette County Coroner tells News 4 the device did not deploy.

Archway Skydiving Center released a statement saying, "Because the situation is currently under investigation, we are unable to comment, except to say that everyone at Archway Skydiving Center is deeply saddened by this tragic event."

The accident happened on Bullar's third jump of the day.

Bullar's family says that he recently began skydiving and has jumped around eight times. He planned to earn his skydive certification.

Bullar grew up in Maryland Heights and worked in construction. His family says Bullar lived for adventure.

Sunday, dozens of cars were parked at the Maryland Heights home where Bullar grew up. Friends and family stood outside, held hands, and prayed.

"As much as he loved adventure, he loved Christ," said Douglas Cribbs, Bullar's uncle.

Cribbs said he is setting up a memorial fund at the St. Louis Firefighters Credit Union to help Bullar's parents pay for funeral expenses.

Bullar was the oldest of five siblings.


"He's the guy that loved life. He never held back and he lived it to the fullest," said Chad Hansen.

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