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Funeral Wednesday for Shelby hiker killed in waterfall fall

A Shelby man who died after falling more than 80 feet over an Avery County waterfall will be buried Wednesday.

Alexander Rhett Chamberlain, 24, fell Saturday near the Hunt Fish Falls area of Avery County’s Wilson Creek Gorge.

The 2007 Shelby High School graduate slipped trying to grab his camera, which he dropped over the side of the falls, authorities said.

He was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Tennessee, where he died on Easter Sunday.

Chamberlain was pursuing a master’s in economics from UNC-Charlotte and had a job in Huntersville.

His funeral is set for 3 p.m. Wednesday at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Shelby. A visitation will follow the funeral service.

The Associated Press contributed
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