Community holds vigil in honor of 4 who died in boating accident at Bear Lake

Posted at 10:15 PM, Jun 06, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-07 00:15:30-04

WEBER COUNTY, Utah -- A Weber County community continues to mourn the deaths of three children and one adult following a boating accident at Bear Lake on Monday.

On Saturday night, a candlelight vigil was held at Orion Junior High in Harrisville, where the four teenagers involved in the boat accident attended.

As part of this vigil, all four people who died had portraits displayed and notebooks where people could write messages.

Friends and family also took turns speaking and sharing memories and stories, while a couple of local bands performed songs.

There were a total of seven people on the boat when it capsized on Bear Lake. It was Lance Capener and his wife Kathryn Capener, their two children--7-year-old Kylie Capener and 14-year-old Kelsey Capener--as well as three family friends: Sierra Hadley, Tiffany Stoker and Tylinn Tilley.

Both Capener girls, their father, and Sierra Hadley died. This vigil is one of many ways family and friends of those victims have said goodbye this week.

"All of the girls, they were just so sweet and so young, and it should not have happened but there is a reason for it," said friend Chloe Tams.

"I just think it's really nice that everybody is coming to support the Capener and Hadley families and just kind of remember them and what they meant to us and the fun memories that we had of them," said friend Abby Charlton.

"I think this is a really special place, a lot of the people that still live here, grew up here, and it's always an inside joke, 'where are you from, I'm from North Ogden,' so I'm not surprised we support everybody, we lift," said teacher Penny Crawford.

Both teenagers who survived the accident, Tiffany Stoker and Tylinn Tilley, were also at the vigil. As for the third survivor, Kathryn Capener, she remains in the hospital. She could be released as early as Sunday, according to her family.