Boys killed in crash on Lake Lanier mourned

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SUWANEE, Ga. — Hun­dreds gathered Tues­day to say goodbye to two brothers killed in a boating accident on Lake Lanier.

Friends and family of Jake Prince, 9, and his brother Griffin, 13, embrace after the memorial service at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Suwanee, Ga. The boys were killed June 18 when their pontoon boat was struck on Lake Lanier.  JASON GETZ/ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION
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Friends and family of Jake Prince, 9, and his brother Griffin, 13, embrace after the memorial service at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Suwanee, Ga. The boys were killed June 18 when their pontoon boat was struck on Lake Lanier.

The service at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Suwanee came two weeks after Griffin Prince, 13, and his 9-year-old brother Jake were killed when a fishing boat rammed a pontoon boat carrying their family.

Friends who eulogized the brothers remembered Jake as larger than life, funny and clever, and his brother as shy, quiet and sweet.

“It’s difficult to lose young people when they haven’t had the opportunity to fulfill their potential in life,” Bishop Andy Glat said.

Officers who worked on the case and divers who searched more than a week for Griffin’s body were among those in attendance.

A written statement from the boys’ family said thousands of people from the Uni­ted States and 19 other countries have reached out to help and that they are grateful for the support.

Authorities have charged Paul J. Bennett, 44, of Cum­ming, with boating under the influence in the June 18 crash. A criminal investigation is ongoing.

Glat said the deaths have affected the community.

“People in the community as a whole are trying to be good, are trying to be better. They’re trying to love one another,” he said.


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