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What went right: Community members support families of Bear Lake victims, and other uplifting news

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We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support.

Editor’s Note: What went right is a new series that gathers together the positive news of the week for an uplifting read.

After the tragic Bear Lake boating accident earlier this week, it’s difficult to find the silver lining. Dr. Lance Capener, his two daughters Kelsey, 13, and Kilee, 7, and friend Siera Hadley, 13, will be greatly missed. And the survivors, Kathryn Capener, 42, and friends Tiffany Stoker, 14, and Tylinn Tilley, 13, will likely have the emotional scars for years to come. But it’s in these tragic times that we are reminded there really is good in the world.

The two teenage survivors swam for hours to get help, and were subsequently treated for hypothermia, but said they felt the support of loved ones through the ordeal.

“The girls definitely felt all the prayers being said on their behalf,” said Melanie Tilley.

The family of the Capeners said they were “overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support that has been shown from ward members, friends, neighbors and co-workers.”

The Caperner’s Pleasant View home, the schools where the girls attended and Siera’s neighborhood were decorated in ribbons and a GoFundMe account was set up to help Siera’s family with funeral costs.

To celebrate the good elsewhere in the world, here are five of this week’s uplifting stories from Utah and across the U.S.:

BYU fans, players show support for family who tragically lost their son


The Clean Cut: High school seniors give funds for class trip to principal battling cancer


Firefighters free chimney of ‘combative’ mom, 4 babies


The Clean Cut: Formerly paralyzed man walks across graduation stage


‘Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing’ helps veterans find peace and quiet