Prayer service celebrates faith of Katie Yale, Seminole teen killed in tubing accident on Labor Day

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Katie Yale was killed over Labor Day weekend when an inner tube she was riding on was struck by a personal watercraft.



SEMINOLE, Florida -- Hands and voices were lifted in song, and prayers went up this night in the chapel at Keswick Christian School for student Katie Yale, who died in a tragic accident on the water this Labor Day weekend.

Katie and a friend were riding an inner tube when they were struck by a personal water craft. Katie was rushed to the hospital, and doctors did what they could, but her injuries were too severe for her to overcome.

Her family has a deep faith, and Katie's parents, Karen and Doug, spoke of how that faith is helping her now.

"The doctors had told us she was going to leave us," explained Karen. "We had an opportunity to say our goodbyes.

"We miss Katie," explains Doug. "My heart is breaking for what I'm not going to have any longer, but Katie's in heaven and we're going to go see her again someday."

Karen added, "We know we're going to see her again."

As the congregation fell to their knees in prayer this night, Katie's faith was honored. Through the pain, anguish, and tears, Katie's zest for life was remembered by her friends.

"Katie was so much fun, and she would laugh at herself all the time about things. If she fell down or something, she would sit there and laugh," said one friend.

And as the memorial came to a close, the school dean spoke of his love and admiration for Katie and her faith, but was too moved to even finish his thought.  

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