Vigil Held for Boy Killed in Yosemite

A Southern California church was set to host a vigil in memory of a boy who died after being swept down the Merced River

By Melissa Pamer
|  Saturday, Aug 18, 2012  |  Updated 8:31 PM PDT
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Two young boys were swept away during a visit to Yosemite National Park.

Two young boys were swept away during a visit to Yosemite National Park.

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Two little boys were swept away in the current of the Merced River Wednesday after hiking in Yosemite.

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A vigil was planned for Saturday evening to honor the memory of a 10-year-old Southern California boy who died after being swept away in strong current at Yosemite National Park. His 6-year-old brother, also swept away, is still missing and presumed dead.

The body of Andres Adams, the older brother, was recovered after the Wednesday accident in a popular hiking area near the rushing Merced River, below Vernal Fall.

Six-year-old Jacob Adams remained missing, and a search for him was expected to continue Saturday.

The boys' mother was injured when she leapt into the river in an attempt to save them.

"We are asking for prayers for Jacob to be found soon, so the family can have some measure of closure and focus on beginning the healing,'' said pastor Bob Kopeny of Calvary Chapel East Anaheim in Anaheim Hills.

The church operates Sugar Pine Christian Camp in Oakhurst, just west of Yosemite National Park.

About 100 people from the church had gone to Yosemite for a week of fellowship, church officials said.

A family group from among those 100 churchgoers had been wading in the cool river, which runs through a steep boulder-strewn area that can be treacherous.

A fund has been set up for the family. To contribute, a check can be sent to the church – at 5605 E La Palma Ave, Anaheim, CA 92807. – and addressed to "Yosemite Family Relief'' starting Monday.

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