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Hotel Guest Plummets 10 Stories Down Boiler Shaft to His Death

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A Washington, D.C., hotel guest was tragically killed early Sunday after plummeting down a boiler shaft while checking out the view from the roof of the building.

Authorities say John Leonard, 23, had climbed to the roof of the Dupont Circle Hotel to catch a glimpse of the city skyline at the start of 2017 when he fell 10 stories to his death.

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The Herndon, Virginia, man had gone to the roof with another person who authorities said was possibly his girlfriend.

"It looks like a fall," Rachel Schaerr with the D.C. police told the Washington Post. "He went up to the roof to catch a really good view."

Leonard's body was removed by a team specially trained in confined space rescues. 

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A manager with the hotel, which is part of the Doyle Group of hotels, called the death "a tragic accident."

Representatives with the Doyle Group did not immediately return a call for comment.

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