Family torn apart by High Rock Lake boating accident plans charity event

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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- The Britt family, torn apart by a Memorial Day boating accident on High Rock Lake that killed their daughter-in-law and grandson, is sharing their memories.

Wife and mother, Melissa Britt and her 3-year-old son, Jaiden were killed when their pontoon boat collided with a speed boat on High Rock Lake. Britt was pregnant.

Billy and Frankie Britt lost their daughter-in-law, Melissa and their only grandchild in the boating accident.

“It’s just a hole in our heart and our lives,” explained Frankie Britt.

The grandparents say Jaiden loved being in the boat, “He called us Friday night at the beach and was so excited about getting on that pontoon the next day, that was his joy,” his grandfather explained.

Even though two months have gone by, the family still struggles.

"Sometimes it seems like it’s been forever and then sometimes it feels like it was yesterday,” Billy and Frankie Britt admit.

The family says they have seen so much support from family, friends and even strangers.

The community is planning a charity basketball game at Northwest Guilford High School on August 2 at 7 p.m. Admission is $5.00.

The money raised will go to Muirs Chapel Christian Playschool, where Jaiden attended school. Former ACC basketball players are expected to attend.

Husband and father, Clay Britt, who was also on the pontoon boat, is suing the driver of the speed boat.