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Prince brothers memorialized with motorcycle ride

Jake and Griffin Prince were memorialized with a 70-mile motorcycle ride Saturday, the ride benefitting the family of the two Buford brothers killed in a June boating crash on Lake Lanier.

The "Rumble in the Streets" memorial ride began at 11 a.m. Saturday and covered ground in Gainesville, at the Buford Dam and in Cumming before finishing with a classic car show in Dawsonville. The family released a statement on Facebook thanking those who participated.

"We want you to be happy today, as Griffin and Jake loved Lake Lanier and all of the land around it," the statement said. "They died doing something they loved to do, and we know they are with us today, even though we cannot see them for the time being."

Jake and Griffin Prince, 9 and 13 years old, respectively, were killed on June 18 when their pontoon boat was struck by an allegedly drunk boater. Jake Prince was found drowned shortly after the crash, but Griffin's body wasn't found until nine days later.

The Prince family owns the Grass Shack boat shop in Buford.

Paul Bennett, the other driver in the wreck, was formally indicted earlier this month on first-degree homicide by vessel, boating under the influence and refusing to render aid charges. If convicted, he would face a minimum three-year sentence.

In its statement Saturday, the Prince family supported safety changes on Lanier and encouraged to public to do so as well.

"We would also make special mention of the fact that as a result of the tragedy we have suffered, there is a groundswell of activity among the public safety community, the District Attorney's offices, the Georgia legislature and the Governor's Office to improve and strengthen the laws governing the use of our lakes and waterways in Georgia," the statement said, in part.

"We hope each of you will be supporters of and ambassadors for these efforts, wherever you live in Georgia. No one should have to ever again go through what our family has endured."

All proceeds from Saturday's ride benefitted the Griffin and Jake Prince Memorial Fund.