Ten-year-old Katherine Rcon tried to save her 7-year-old cousin, Johnny Nay, when he dropped his fishing pole and slipped into the water. Neither was able to withstand the strong current and both drowned Monday.
Friends and family said goodbye at the First Alliance Church in Raleigh.
"Sad. Two beautiful, young innocent kids. But we're just here for the family now and pray for the family," relative Lui Nay said.
The family was part of the Montagnards, and several from across the state paid their respects to the family.
"From everyone in Raleigh, Charlotte, Greensboro, people from work that showed their great support and help," the children's aunt H'trin Rcon said.
During the funeral, those in attendance heard stories about the children who were achievers.
"Katherine wanted to be a pediatrician. She wanted to go have a special place like Duke or UNC, that's what she wanted," Rcon said. "John, he loved to read. He'd always read for family. Every time he'd come home from school he would bring books from school, and would ask if I had 10, 15 minutes so he could read his favorite books for me."
Though the family is feeling unimaginable pain, they want people to know they are grateful for the outpouring of support they have received.
"It's just a big support from everyone from different cities, that come here to support the family," Rcon said.