HURRICANE, Utah (ABC4 Utah) Friends are shocked after a 15-year-old Hurricane boy died when he fell 200 feet down a cliff Sunday night. 
 
Pierce Adamson was on his way back from hiking the mountain above Hurricane with his brother-in-law when police say rocks gave way under the boy’s feet near a steep edge. 
 
“It’s just scary. We’ve hiked up there a hundred times and never thought anything like that would happen. It never really crosses your mind,” Jackson Last said, Adamson’s close friend. 
 
Because of the rough terrain, neighbors say it took search crews several hours to recover the body. 
 
Adamson is described as talented athlete, a youth leader in his Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ward, who was looking forward to his sophomore year at Hurricane High. 
 
“He loved sports. He was always really positive and always found the best of every situation and it made it really easy to be around him,” Last said. 
 
“He had such an impact on everyone’s lives,” Kalyann Hatch said, a close friend.
 
Hurricane Police say there is nothing suspicious about the death, ruling it an accident. But it’s rattled the close-knit community now mourning on the 4th of July holiday. 
 
“Everyone needs a Pierce in their lives. He cared about so many people. He touched so many lives,” Hatch said. 
 
A candle light vigil will be held at 9 p.m. Monday in the Hurricane High School parking lot.