Randy Pench/rpench@sacbee.com

A crowd watches firefighters pull a man's body up to a 17th-floor balcony Monday on a high-rise at 12th and K streets. Markers, spray paint and an etching tool indicated the man was intending to leave graffiti behind. He had lowered himself using a rope left behind by window washers. Police say the rope tightened around his chest, cutting off his breathing.

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