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First-Grader Raises Money for Dead Classmate's Family

Family and friends remembered a 7-year-old girl Thursday night, five days after she drowned while playing with friends in a pond near her home.

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SPRING LAKE, N.C. — Family and friends remembered a 7-year-old girl Thursday night, five days after she drowned while playing with friends in a pond near her home.

Jay Lynn Dumas had a lot of friends, from her black Labrador to people in the neighborhood to her first-grade classmates at Manchester Elementary School.

"She's got so many friends here. I mean, I'm talking from 3 years old to 81, to 71," said her father, Brent Dumas.

Shania Shinn was one of Jay Lynn's friends. She and her mother solicited businesses throughout Spring Lake to help the Dumas family following Jay Lynn's death.

"I raised up money. I raised up $357," Shania said. "I went to people, and I asked them if they could help this little girl because she just died."

Teacher Louise Green said it would be hard to find a 6-year-old more compassionate than Shania.

"I was amazed, and I was very proud. She's an asset to the class and the school," Green said.

"I'm very proud to know my daughter knew someone who cared about her that much," Debbie Dumas said.

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