Here's Who Died on the Duck Boat

The Kansas City Star looks more closely at the victims
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2018 10:58 AM CDT
Mallory Cunningham, left, Santino Tomasetti, center, and Aubrey Reece attend a candlelight vigil in the parking lot of Ride the Ducks Friday, July 20, 2018, in Branson, Mo. One of the company's duck boats...   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

(Newser) – After 17 died in a tragic duck-boat accident this week, a local vigil and a newspaper are honoring the dead. "This has been my community for 10 years, so just hearing about it last night I felt completely helpless at home, not feeling like there's anything I could do, so just coming out tonight was sort of my emotional way of showing support," Alyssa Ambrosier of Branson, Missouri, tells ABC News at a Friday vigil that drew hundreds. A local man put it this way: "We did this because we want the families to know that we care. This is Branson. This is who we are. You come here, you're family." Meanwhile, the Kansas City Star looks at the people who were lost:

  • Eleven members of the Coleman family from Indiana were on board, but only two survived. "My heart is very heavy," paralegal Tia Coleman, who survived with her nephew, tells FOX59. "Out of 11 of us, only two of us surviving—that’s me and my nephew. I lost all my children, my brother-in-law." Among the dead is Horace "Butch" Coleman, 70, who helped with a youth football organization for more than four decades. "This feels like a nightmare," per the league's Facebook page. "RIP to a community legend but most importantly a man to his family."

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