LODI, San Joaquin County (CBS / AP) – The mother of one of two skydivers killed when their parachute failed to open says the jump was on the 18-year-old’s bucket list of things to do in life.

Francine Salazar says her son Tyler Turner was born with a mild case of cerebral palsy and walked with a crouched gait, but he never let his condition deter him. She said Monday he was an adventurous spirit who was always willing to give something a try.

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The recent high school graduate was headed for the University of California at Merced this month to study biomedical engineering. He hoped to find a cure for cerebral palsy.

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An instructor strapped to Turner also died Saturday after they plunged into a vineyard in Lodi, 85 miles east of San Francisco. San Joaquin County sheriff’s officials haven’t identified the instructor.

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