- Associated Press - Sunday, June 7, 2015

HARRISVILLE, Utah (AP) - Hundreds of people gathered for a vigil to remember four people, including three children, who died in a boating accident on a Utah lake.

The event was held Saturday night at Harrisville’s Orion Junior High School, which two of the victims, Kelsey Capener, 13, and Siera Hadley, 14, attended. Utah doctor Lance Capener and another of his daughters, Kiley, 7, also died.

Lance Capener, 46, took a ski boat out with his wife, Kathy, 42, their two daughters and three of the girls’ friends on Monday when violent winds capsized their boat, throwing all seven people into the cold water of Bear Lake.

Three survived, including Tiffany Stoker and Tylinn Tilley, both of whom are 14 and attended the vigil. Kathy Capener remained hospitalized.

Attendees wrote messages for the victims and some held candles. Friends shared memories of the victims, and some of the victims’ favorite songs were played.

Ashlee Walter, 13, who had been a friend of Siera Hadley and Kelsey Capener since second grade, said she came to the vigil to show support for the families.

“It was really hard for me to go through that (tragedy),” she told The Standard-Examiner newspaper of Ogden. “I think that all the family and friends are here to just show comfort and say goodbye.”

Organizer Yvonne Tams said the purpose of the vigil was not to dwell on the accident but to remember the victims.

“We want to celebrate not the tragedy and those hours, but we want to celebrate those beautiful lives,” she told KUTV-TV of Salt Lake City.



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