Hundreds of people gathered to say goodbye to two brothers killed in a boating accident on Lake Lanier.
The emotional service Tuesday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Suwanee came two weeks after 13-year-old Griffin Prince and his 9-year-old brother Jake were killed when a fishing boat rammed their pontoon boat in the Shoal Creek area of the lake at about 10:30 p.m. June 18.
Many officers who worked on the case and divers who searched more than a week for Griffin’s body were among those in attendance, including some from the Hall County Sheriff’s Office and the state Department of Natural Resources.
“We are humbled by this outpouring of love, and of all of the prayers which have been and continue to be offered on our behalf,” reads a statement from the family, posted on a memorial Facebook page for the brothers.
“We have felt the power of these prayers and we express our deepest gratitude for the faith and goodness they represent.”
Authorities have charged Paul J. Bennett, 44, of Cumming with boating under the influence in the crash. Officials with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, which is investigating the crash, say other charges may be pending.
The criminal investigation could take weeks, authorities have said.