Pa. teen who fell off Calif. cliff identified

Pictured: Andrew Hicks (Photo courtesy West Chester Area School District)

July 20, 2010 8:24:31 PM PDT
More than a dozen friends of Andrew Hicks gathered outside Henderson High School in West Chester to console one another. Hicks died tragically yesterday when he fell at least 400 feet down a coastal cliff in California.

It happened on a ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Marin County, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.

At the Hicks' West Chester home Tuesday night, a single candle burned on the front step. Attached... lines of scripture for a family mourning its son.

His friends say Andrew loved the hit show Entourage, playing sports and just hanging with friends.

Andrew's friend, Dan Boate says, "It's hard to believe it would happen to someone so close to you. You hear about stuff like this all the time on the news and you just think, 'wow.'"

Paul Burns tells us, "I just couldn't believed it happened. I heard the story, it was really sad. He was walking with his brother and... I just couldn't imagine what his little brother's thoughts are."

Hicks died after he accidentally fell off a cliff along the Pacific Ocean. He and his little brother were ahead of the family. Andrew sat on the edge and lost his grip and went over.

As responders recovered his body, his family sat stunned nearby.

Hicks was senior to be at Henderson. He played Soccer and Hockey and was a member of the National Honor Society. But while he was great athlete and student, friends say he was a better friend.

"Always smiling and laughing. He was always trying to have a good time and he always did. And he really made everything else enjoyable for other people," said Boate.

Andrew's friend Dave Schlentz says, "He was funny when he wasn't even trying to be funny. He was one of those guys who just made you laugh and he could always... pick up your day. He was a good friend."

The school says grief counselors will be made available to students tomorrow from noon until 3:00 p.m.

Andrew's classmates plan to create a memorial for their friend. His fellow athletes plan to play the way he would have pushed them to.

Though Andrew will not be on the soccer field this fall, his presence will very much be felt. His teammates at Henderson High School tell us they're dedicating this upcoming season to his memory, and like his personality, they say it will be a winning one.