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Community comes together to help bring teen who died in Ohio boating accident home

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The search continued on Lake Erie Friday as a South Carolina community in mourning came together to help a grieving family.

Students put aside Spring Break plans to help raise funds to bring their classmate home.

That's after learning 17-year-old Paige Widmer's body was recovered from a boating crash Thursday.

Today it was a car wash, tomorrow it's a bake sale, all with one goal in mind, help Widmer's family bring her home.

It was a line of vehicles that never stopped. A community, coming together for the family of Widmer.

"We're all from the same community and I'm a parent and we have an automatic connection I think," said Pelion High School parent Tori Mosteller.

For Taylor Godwin today was more than washing a few cars.

"She was my best friend," Godwin said.

Widmer's death has touched many.

"Watching children who don't typically talk to each other, come together and hug each other, put their arms around each other and cry together and all come together and it's Spring Break and they're out here doing this, it's impressive," Mosteller said.

The goal, simple, and yet it's not.

"It's the toughest thing I've ever had to do. It is," Godwin said. "I know Paige wouldn't want me to cry but I know that she's looking down at me smiling and thinking wow all of these people are coming together thinking about me. They need to get Paige home."

The effort so far, adding up.

"The community's been great and this is what makes me thankful I live in such a small town because everyone just gathers around together," Godwin said. "It's raised probably $2,500 right now so, oh, over $3,000."

An effort hoping to provide some comfort to those who remember Paige's zest for life.

"Always smiling, always smiling, like she never, ever, did not smile, gosh beautiful, beautiful," Mosteller said.

Friends who know going on without her, won't be easy, but together, possible.

"Oh God, I don't even want to think about it, you know it's, I know we'll get through it," Godwin said. "It's all God's plan and he makes no mistakes so I know it was meant to happen this way and I know the community will all just come closer together since this has happened."

School officials tell WIS they'll have extra counselors on hand Monday as students return to school.

The family is still working on arrangements.

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