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Family of young boys killed on Lake Lanier speak

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Griffin and Jake's aunts and grandfather. Griffin and Jake's aunts and grandfather.

The Gwinnett County Swim League held a fundraiser Thursday to remember Jake and Griffin Prince, the two young boys killed in a boating accident on Lake Lanier.

Their aunt, Channy Fisher, was moved by how so many people have reached out to the family.

"It's so incredibly moving how many people love and support our family, and love these little boys," Fisher said.

About 300 kids from age 8 to 18 participated in a swim meet to raise money for the fund.

Many of the swimmers had Griffin and Jake's names written on their backs.

One swimmer in Thursday's fundraiser told CBS Atlanta News he could identify with the loss of a loved one.

"I wanted to participate because I lost a family member before and I know how they feel. It's really sad," said Alan Deljkie, who raced in the swim meet fundraiser.

Gary Hansen, Griffin and Jake's grandfather, said the family is grateful, but still grieving.

"One of the things that I'm sure that they hope would come from their death and from the tragic events that have taken place, is that more people would enjoy life, that families would be stronger," Hansen said.

As for the man accused of causing the boat accident, 44-year-old Paul Bennett, Hansen had this to say about the man: "He did not use good judgment in the way he was conducting himself and we feel sorry for his family. We know that their lives have been forever changed as well."

A public visitation is planned for Griffin and Jake next week. It is scheduled for Monday at Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel in Buford from 6 to 9 p.m.

A private funeral for the family will take place at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

If you would like to help the Prince family, donations can be made at any Wells Fargo bank in Griffin and Jake Prince's name.

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