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Arkansas family loses father and teenage son in Missouri duck boat tragedy

Lance Smith was identified by a Florida church as one of the duck boat victims.
Lance Smith was identified by a Florida church as one of the duck boat victims. Facebook

Note: This story has been updated to reflect that the Smith family is from Arkansas.

Teenager Lance Smith was just beginning to open up at his church in Arkansas less than a week before he and his father, Steve Smith, were killed during a visit to Branson, according to a story by The Christian Chronicle.

The pair were two of 17 victims in the sinking of a Ride the Ducks boat on Table Rock Lake near Branson. Lance Smith’s sister apparently was also on the boat but survived and his mother was shopping, according to a Twitter post by someone who knew the family.

“The father & son didn’t make it, the daughter did,” user @bj141cox wrote. “The mother was shopping. I’m literally sick to my stomach.”

Lance’s father was a deacon at Osceola Church of Christ in Arkansas, according to a Facebook post by Sebring Parkway Church of Christ in Sebring, Fla., that asked for prayers.

“He was the perfect example of humility and compassion!” the post said of Lance. “He cared about everyone. My heart breaks, but I know where they are, and I know that I will see them again!”

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