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Mayfield High School wrestler hailed a hero after thwarting kidnapping dies in motorcycle crash

Mayfield High School student Canaan Bower.
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Mayfield High School student Canaan Bower.

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico - Las Cruces Police say Canaan Bower, 18, was riding his motorcycle south along the 2000 block of Triviz in Las Cruces when he crashed into a vehicle turning north on Triviz.

Canaan was recognized as a local hero after he stopped a kidnapping attempt in March 2020. The heroic act was caught on video.

The crash happened Wednesday at 8:30 p.m., responding officers found Bower unresponsive, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators conducted a crash reconstruction and are interviewing witnesses to gather more information.

The crash is still under investigation. We will update this story on-air and online as information comes into our New Mexico Mobile Newsroom.

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