Two friends from Marietta died Tuesday, May 10, after falling while hiking near a North Carolina waterfall.
According to a report by the Asheville Citizen-Times, Davis Zinsenheim, 22, and Joey Hopkins, 22, had climbed to the top of a waterfall at Lake Toxaway when Hopkins slipped and fell about a quarter of the way down. Zinsenheim tried to climb down to rescue his friend but also slipped and fell to the bottom, about 150 feet below.
That fall killed Zinsenheim. Hopkins was rescued but died at Greenville Memorial Hospital, said Chief Deputy Eddie Gunner with the Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office.
It took rescuers about two hours to reach the men with around 30 personnel from different agencies.
Both Zinsenheim and Hopkins are from East Cobb and graduated from Pope High School in 2012. Zinsenheim attended Georgia Southern University, and Hopkins attended Georgia Tech. Hopkins became a bar mitzvah at Temple Kol Emeth, and Zinsenheim had his bar mitzvah ceremony at Congregation Etz Chaim.
The two friends were visiting a resident at Lake Toxaway and had climbed the waterfall on the homeowner’s property while that person was out.
A memorial service for Zinsenheim will be led by Rabbi Mitch Cohen at Arlington Memorial Park on Friday at 3:30 p.m. A service for Hopkins led by Rabbi Steven Lebow will be held Sunday at 10 a.m. at Arlington.
This tribute video to Davis Zinsenheim was posted to YouTube on May 12.