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Family of teen killed on jet ski overwhelmed with community support

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KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL) -

Saturday friends of Bailey Stout, the 14-year-old girl killed in a jet ski accident last week, came together to raise money for the family.

On July 11th Stout was killed when the jet ski she was riding with her mother was hit from behind by a jet ski driven by her father.

"You beat yourself to death for your child to be dead in your arms and you are hollering for help,” Nikki Hulse, Bailey’s mom said. “There’s not enough words to express if it wasn’t for the community and the people we would have given up a long time ago."

"When I first found out it was like no this isn’t real, you know cause I didn't want to believe it," Bailey’s best friend since childhood Alexis Barlow said.

"I still feel like she's gone somewhere and she's going to come home, but I know she's not," Hulse said.

Bailey's mom and dad say from the moment it happened on the lake that day, people whose names they don't even know came right alongside them. That community support is what they say has gotten them through.

"The pontoon that pulled up and the other people pulled up, and the gentleman that swam from shore half of a football field," Hulse said.

And now more than a week later, dozens of people Bailey touched filled the Skate Inn Saturday, a place her parents call her "home away from home."

"It was amazing that Bailey had touched so many in the 14 years that God gave her to me," Pig Stout, Bailey’s Dad said.

"There's never enough thank you's, there’s never enough love that I could ever ever share to these people and we're so grateful that they love our daughter that much," Hulse said.

Bailey's parents told us Marvin Gurley, the owner of the jet skis the family borrowed the day of Bailey's death, paid for her funeral and gravestone.

Dozens of local businesses and community members have also pitched in to raise money for the family.

Her parents say it's the people that have come around them and something greater than themselves giving them hope, "She's opened our eyes to God and we're going home one day to our child, to eternal life," Hulse said.

She said though they're suffering here now without their baby girl, she's confident Bailey isn't.

"As hard as it is to give her up would I bring her back here? No I wouldn’t, because I don't have to worry about no one harming her, I don’t have to worry about her pain or suffering," Hulse said.

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