On Monday, Hoosiers came together in prayer to honor the lives of nine people from an Indiana family who lost their lives in a boating accident in Missouri last week.
A special prayer vigil took place at the Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Indianapolis.
That’s where people showed their love and support for the Coleman family.
On Thursday, July 19th, 11 members of the family were vacationing in Branson, Missouri when they went out on a duck boat tour on a Missouri Lake.
A severe thunderstorm with near hurricane strength winds caused the boat to capsize.
Seventeen passengers lost their lives including nine from the Coleman family.
Only two members of the family survived: Tia Coleman and her 13-year-old nephew Donovan.
Thursday’s accident claimed the lives of Tia’s husband, Glenn Coleman, 40, and her three children: Reece Coleman, 9, and Evan Coleman, 7, and Arya Coleman, 1.
Donovan’s his mother, Angela, 45, and brother, Maxwell, 2, also died.
Tia’s other family members included her mother-in-law Belinda, 69, father-in-law Ervin, 76, and uncle Horace, 70.
Tia and Donovan had been recovering in the hospital since the accident, they were released and returned home on Monday.
The baptist church rallied everyone in the congregation as well as the public to unite in prayer.
They want to show the Coleman family that they are not alone and that they are in their thoughts and prayers.