Family: New Mexico avalanche victim was Mansfield native

Relatives say Matthew Zonghetti had recently moved to Denver for a new job.

People searched for victims after an avalanche buried multiple people near the highest peak of Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019.

MANSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Relatives say a 26-year-old man who died in an avalanche at a New Mexico ski resort was a Massachusetts native who was on an annual ski trip with his father.

The mother and sister of Matthew Zonghetti say he was the person killed Thursday at Taos Ski Valley.

Authorities say a second person pulled from the snow is hospitalized in critical condition. Zonghetti’s father wasn’t injured.

Relatives say Zonghetti was from Mansfield, Massachusetts, and had recently moved to Denver for a new job.

Sue Zonghetti, told WCVB-TV that she could not believe what happened, and her son is going to be missed by many.

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His sister, Kathryn, told KOAT-TV in Albuquerque that he was an expert skier and the best brother anyone could ask for.