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Funeral for Ohio Christian Student After Fatal Fall

Updated: Thursday, May 2 2013, 08:41 AM EDT
LOGAN (Kellie Hanna) -- Josias Rodriguez will be laid to rest today.

He died after falling 60 feet in Hocking Hills when he went hiking off a designated trail last Saturday.

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CIRCLEVILLE -- Teachers and students at Ohio Christian University say their hearts are broken following the death of a teen who fell Saturday while hiking in Hocking Hills.

Sophomore Josias Rodriguez died after falling 60 ft. while hiking off the designated trail as part of a team-building exercise near the area known as Old Man's Cave.

A memorial was held in Rodriguez's honor on the Ohio Christian campus on Monday. The young man's mother spoke at the event, urging students to find a purpose for their lives.

Reverend Aaron Duvall also addressed the mourners, describing Rodriguez as "a breath of fresh air, and a light in a dark world."

Rodriguez's friends planted a flowering tree during the memorial, which will honor the student's memory for years to come

"I hope that as the tree grows, Josias's legacy will live on," a friend told ABC 6/FOX 28.

A candlelight vigil in Rodriguez's honor will be held on campus Monday night.

Ohio Christian classes were canceled on Monday, and exams were postponed.

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Reporter: Lu Ann Stoia
Web Producer: Ken HinesFuneral for Ohio Christian Student After Fatal Fall


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