BEL AIR, Md. (WJZ)– Tragedy for a Harford County family. A 17-year-old falls to his death during a trip to the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania.

Adam May talks to his family about unique plans to honor the teen.

Harford County is coming together to remember a teenager who died during a freak hiking accident.

Lincoln High, 17, was a recent graduate of Harford Technical High School. Saturday, he was hiking at Bushkill Falls in the Poconos when he lost his footing and fell to his death.

“He was very adventurous, tried new things,” said Lincoln High’s father, Howard High.

Even though Lincoln and his family just moved to Maryland a year ago, the outgoing teen made many friends fast.

“He just exerted the love of Christ to everybody,” Lincoln High’s sister, Kat High, said. “Open-hearted, always said ‘Hi’ to everyone. He was so friendly.”

Lincoln High was also trained in the martial arts and was in the process of joining the Army.

May: “Did that make you proud? He wanted to serve his country.”

Howard High: “Yes, very much so. He wanted to do his part.”

“You can’t ask for more of a nice guy,” said Drew Buchness, Lincoln High’s boss at T.G.I. Friday’s in Bel Air.

After the army, Lincoln High wanted to become a chef. Next week, the restaurant chain is throwing him an 18th birthday party.

“His friends and family are coming to any Friday’s, to celebrate his life, everything he was about,” Buchness said. “He loved working here and we loved having him here.”

Hundreds plan to attend.

“Not so much crying, just celebrating Lincoln’s life, just the way he would like it,” Kat High said.

That special event at Friday’s will be next Wednesday at 6 p.m.

High’s visitation and funeral will be on Friday and Saturday at Mountain Christian Church in Joppa.

Comments (3)
  1. Kat High says:

    This is the facebook event:

    We can’t thank TGI Fridays in Bel Air for everything they have done for us. It means so much, and it is so heartwarming that even within such a short amount of time, Lincoln moved them so deeply. ❤

    We are dressing up formally, since Lincoln loved to look classy. God bless.

    1. Kristin says:

      I am so sorry for your loss!

  2. sally says:

    Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.. your brother sounds like he was a very special young man. My son too is adventurous and is the type of person that loves experiencing life to the fullest. Find peace in knowing that your brother died doing what he loved to do instead of being fearful of living. It sounds like he touched many lives and he will live forever in your hearts.

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