With the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline visible in the distance, the parachutists jumped out of a helicopter around noon, spinning through the sky.
But Petty Officer Peters separated from the others, dropping out of view. His parachute, which never fully opened, fell into a parking lot. The Navy said in a statement released on Monday that it was investigating the accident and pointed to “an equipment malfunction, though the specific nature and cause is currently unknown.”
In a tribute on Facebook on Tuesday, the Leap Frogs wrote: “The members of the United States Navy Parachute Team ‘The Leap Frogs’ would like to honor our teammate and friend, Petty Officer First Class Remington ‘Remi’ Peters. You will be sorely missed, brother.”
And in a statement the Navy released on Monday, Petty Officer Peters’s family praised its “courageous warrior” as “an angel on earth and role model to all.” The family continued, “He lived life to the fullest and taught us to do the same.”