He had run with the bulls in Pamplona, watched the sun rise across Europe and bought tickets to Tomorrowland.
Keaton Klein — “Keater” to his friends and family — was always looking for the next big adventure, said Isaiah Bockel man, Klein’s friend since they were 3.
He’d surfed off the coast of California and shredded slopes in Colorado. Klein lived by the words, “If you won’t do it, someone else will,” his friends said.
His impressions of people kept them laughing. His love for electronic music and the Green Bay Packers was unfaltering, his style impeccable.
Monday, his friends and family learned that Klein had died.
Just over a week into a six-week trip to Europe, Klein, 21, fell to his death from a five- story building in Prague, Czech Republic.
Few details are known. Klein was alone when he fell in the early hours of Monday morning, his friends asleep. U.S. Embassy officials in the Czech Republic do not suspect foul play.
Klein departed July 5, two weeks ahead of the four-week Nebraska at Oxford study abroad program in England. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln senior headed over with a group of friends to visit Barcelona, Madrid, Pamplona and Prague before the studying started.
“That was his dream,” said girlfriend Karli Gaines. “He was living his dream over there.”
Gaines guessed that Klein, a 2011 Lincoln Lutheran graduate, was watching the sunrise that morning, as he had throughout the trip. He was up late with friends and so usually stayed up for the sunrise anyway, she said.
Communication has been difficult with the time difference and language barrier, Gaines said, but the family expects to have his body this weekend.
Before Klein left, his brother, Jaxson, 14, hugged him goodbye and took one last picture at the airport. They talked Saturday about Germany and the World Cup, Klein’s favorite event.
Klein was going to bring him back sweatshirts from Oxford and Tomorrowland, an electronic music festival in Belgium.
Klein taught Jaxson “basically everything,” he said.
The accounting major and Big Red Investment Club member dreamed of moving to New York City, working in investment banking, owning a hedge fund, Gaines said.
She said he was, and will continue to be, her inspiration.
She likes country music; Klein wasn’t a fan. But soon, he was reciting choruses and his radio was spewing country music.
She loved it, so he could love it too.
“And that’s what he did for everyone,” Gaines said.
Survivors also include his parents, Julie and Curtis Klein of Lincoln. Services are pending.