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Friends raise money for family of drowning victim

Published On: Aug 14 2013 04:34:56 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 14 2013 04:09:23 PM CDT

A family friend has set up a fund to help a struggling family.

SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. -

They lost their 9-year-old daughter, and now they can't even afford to bury her.

On Monday we brought you the exclusive interview with Ashlee Vincente's father. Click here to read more.

While delivering a lawn mower, his daughter managed to get away from him and fall in a nearby pool, where she drowned.

On Wednesday we learned the family doesn't have the money for their child's funeral. "I miss my baby," said father Nicholas Vincente.

On Sunday afternoon, Ashlee asked to go with her father to deliver a lawn mower he'd sold the day before to a Sullivan County man. The family was barely scraping by, and Nicholas had begun selling odds and ends at a flea market to save money to throw his baby girl a big party for her upcoming tenth birthday. "I wanted to do one big party for this year," says Nicholas.

That's why he was selling the lawn mower in the first place.

Ashlee, who had Down's syndrome, would have turned 10 in November.

A family friend has set up a fund to help the struggling family.

If you want to donate to the funeral and burial costs, you can go to any First Tennessee Bank and give them Ashlee's name.