Teen Died After Falling Off Cliff. Now His Memory Lives On in a Journal His Sister Left Behind

Jonathan Fielding's sister left a journal at the spot where he died — she hopes it will "remind the world that he was here, he existed, and he mattered"

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Jonathan Fielding

Jonathan Fielding's life was cut short earlier this year, but thanks to a journal, his journey never has to end.

In February, the 19-year-old man fell to his death while he was taking photos at Overlook Canyon in Utah.

At the time of his death, authorities said Fielding and his two friends were near Moonscape Overlook by Hanksville when he got too close to the edge of the cliff and fell, according to NBC affiliate KSL-TV and ABC affiliate KTVX.

During a recent hike in the area, Utah resident Sherrie Johnson saw something underneath a rock, which turned out to be a journal filled with sweet words from strangers as well as information about who Fielding was and what had happened to him, according to local Fox affiliate KSTU. Immediately, she knew she had to find a way to return it to his family.

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As it turned out, his sister was the one who put the journal there after he died — and the one the woman found was actually a replacement, as the original had became too weathered.

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"It was actually kind of cool when she messaged me because in that moment, just minutes before, I had been crying again because I was missing Jonathan," Rebecca said the outlet.

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Speaking just after his death, Rebecca said that her brother “was the most genuine, kind and loving person you’d ever meet.”

“Jonathan was the greatest guy I knew, I’ve said that a million times and I’ll say it a million more,” Rebecca told KUTV at the time. “He left a Grand Canyon-sized impact on the world and that will never be forgotten.”

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Now, Rebecca has created a Facebook group where people can keep track of the journal's journey..

"This journal has begun moving around southern Utah as people find it and leave messages in it," she added, explaining that she hopes that this entire project will "keep Jonathan’s memory alive and remind the world that he was here, he existed, and he mattered."

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