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Thousands mourn loss of teen who died in fall from Rattlesnake Ledge

Eddie Petrik (KOMO News photo)

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - On Sunday, thousands mourned the loss of a Des Moines teenager who died last week while hiking in North Bend.

“I pray in my heart that the death of my son will tenderize your heart,” said Eddie Petrik’s father, Anatoly Petrik, at the service.

According to officials, last Saturday, 16-year-old Eddie Petrik slipped on an icy surface at Rattlesnake Ledge and fell about 600 feet to his death.

Petrik’s family was joined by more than 2,000 people for an open-casket memorial at the Christian Faith Center on Sunday evening.

“I thank God for giving me such a gift in my life even though it was for so short time,” said Anatoly Petrik.

Petrik and family members detailed Eddie’s life, stressing that he accomplished so much while he was alive.

According to his family, Eddie was an accomplished student with a passion for technology. He was in the running start program at Highline Community College.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help pay for funeral costs.

King County deputies said about two people fall off Rattlesnake Ledge each year.

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