Lake High family remembers 2014 graduate Zach Doherty, who died in Hocking Hills hiking accident

UNIONTOWN, Ohio - Some say it's one of the most scenic areas of Ohio, but on Sunday, Hocking Hills State Park turned tragic.

Zach Doherty, 18 and a 2014 graduate of Lake High School, was killed while hiking at the park.

"It's so surreal you don't believe it," former classmate Julia Belopotosky said.

Several hundred people turned out for a prayer vigil Monday night organized by Belopotosky, Jessica Marino and Peyton Osmundson. On Tuesday, the trio returned to the school to share some of their memories of Doherty with NewsChannel5.

"He was just a very nice person," Marino said. "He didn't care who you were. He would talk to anybody. His sense of humor always cheered people up."

Doherty played flute in the band and was about to begin his college career at the University of Akron, where he planned to study corrosion engineering.

Lake principal Kevin Tobin called him an outstanding student with a unique sense of humor, who got along with everyone.

"He touched a lot of people," Tobin said, " and we're very, very pleased that he came our way and he was a Blue Streak."

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