Vigil planned at metro school for family members killed in Savannah boat crash

NORTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — Friends, neighbors, co-workers and students at a local school will come together to pray for the victims of a weekend boat crash that killed five and injured four others.

Chris Leffler, his wife Lori and two sons Zack and Nate died Saturday on a river in Savannah. Their daughter Katie survived. Robert Chauncey, a man on the other boat, was also killed.

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The Leffler family had close ties to King’s Ridge Christian School in Alpharetta. Chris Leffler taught at the school and his children went there before they moved to Savannah.

The school community will gather for a prayer vigil at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

“He loved our school, he loved our kids. He was a father figure to every student,” Dr. Edward Spurka said.


A former neighbor in Alpharetta said the family was loved in the community.

“They were here with us for five years. They were a very friendly family. We used to play and interact with them very well,” “A great loss for all of us.”

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The Georgia Department of Natural Resources investigators said their investigation into the crash will continue for another six to eight weeks.

Officials arrested Mark Stegall, who they say was driving the second boat, for boating under the influence.