Above: Archive video of the service
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Indianapolis community remembered four family members who tragically died in the Missouri duck boat accident.
Mourners gathered at Grace Apostolic Church to celebrate the lives of Glenn, Arya, Evan and Reece Coleman, who drowned last Thursday while on a family vacation in Branson, Missouri. The duck boat they were on capsized when a thunderstorm brought winds with speeds of 50 to 60 miles per hour to the area.
Five other members of Coleman’s extended family died in the accident. They will be laid to rest Saturday.
Out of the 11 family members on the boat, only Tia Coleman–wife of Glenn Coleman and mother of the three children–and one of her nephews survived.
At the celebration of life service Friday, signs next to the altar read “The Great Coleman’s.” Each letter in great stood for the initial of a member of the family.
Many arrived wearing white which the family said symbolized purity and innocence of the souls they are honoring.
This tragedy has touched the hearts of many people in Indianapolis and across the nation.
On Monday, more than 100 people went to a vigil at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church to remember and honor the family.
Religious leaders offered prayers for each of the nine family members killed in the crash.
A GoFundMe page created to help the surviving members of the family has raised more $728,000, getting close to its one million dollar goal. Along with that page, family member Ingrid Coleman Douglas told our news gathering partners at the Indy Star that this campaign is also legitimate. This fundraiser sent out from the Marion County Sheriff's office is verified as well.
Members of the Coleman family say they are thankful for the support.
“They have shown great support to the Coleman family and the other extended families that are involved, and so we just want to thank the whole community and thank the nation,” Terry Webster, Coleman’s cousin said.