Man who died after falling from second story window is remembered

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - "I don't know really what life's going to be like without him,” said Samuel Jones, the owner of Heart and Dagger Tattoo in Twin Falls.

A little after 2 pm on Sunday, Twin Falls Police were dispatched to the New Hope Transition Center in Twin Falls for a man who fell from a second story window.

The man was 36 year old Rusty Braaton. He was transported to St. Luke’s Magic Valley Hospital, where he died from his injuries.

"He's a very good person. You know he was very likable, very talented guy, he just had a problem,” said Ken Cordier, the house manager at New Hope and Rusty’s friend.

Rusty was a tattoo artist at Heart and Dagger Tattoo in Twin Falls. He's known the owner, Samuel Jones, since they were kids.

“Rusty was a very intelligent, articulate guy. He was a great artist, everybody loved him; he was just a genuine, loving, person. He was a friend to many, I mean he would give you the shirt off his back even if he'd known you for an hour. He was just a good dude,” said Jones.

Cordier said Rusty had a dark side that he couldn't let go, but Jones doesn’t want Rusty to be remembered by this moment.

"The guy had a mishap involving something he had been fighting for a long time, and that wasn't Rusty,” said Jones. “I want people to know how beautiful he was as a human being and how much he loved everybody and how artistic and thoughtful and creative he was in every aspect of his life."

Rusty's friends want everyone to learn from his struggles.

"If you see somebody in that state of mind,” said Cordier, “don't be afraid to ask if he needs help."

Jones said his funeral will be held at Calvary Chapel in Buhl at 4 pm on Friday.

There is a memorial fundraiser on Saturday at the Klover Klub in Twin Falls at 7 pm. All proceeds will go to Rusty's family to help cover funeral expenses.

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