EXCLUSIVE: NC parents speak out after daughter killed in 4th of July boating accident

There is no doubt Sheyenne Marshall's spirit is alive through her parents, Kenny and Leta Marshall. 

"Pretty much that's the way we approach everything, she would want us to laugh, she would want us to have fun," Kenny Marshall said. 

Sheyenne, a rising senior at Cox Mill High School, was hit and killed last July 4th when she was kneeboarding on Lake Norman. 

Authorities said a man who was drunk was operating a boat and hit Sheyenne. 

"Sheyenne would've been a good mom. She would've just been a good person, not just us but the whole world lost a good person. And we catch ourselves being selfish, but it's not only our loss but it's everyone's loss," Kenny Marshall explained. 

It's the major milestones that Sheyenne won't be a part of that hurt her parents the most. 

"Her sister is going to get married in a few months, and she doesn't have her as a maid of honor, she has lots of bridesmaids but she doesn't have her sister, and graduation was hard--watching her friends graduate," Leta Marshall said, holding back tears. 

Kenny and Leta have worked hard to make sure no family has to experience their pain.

They pushed lawmakers to pass Sheyenne's Law, which strengthens the penalties against drunk boaters who cause serious injury, or death. 

Their baby girl and their faith, keep them going. 

"Strength in God because I know I'm going to see her again, and everyday I get up, like Kenny said what would Sheyenne want," Leta Marshall said. 

Sheyenne was a softball player. Her family and friends are also working to give college scholarships to students in her memory. They plan to have a tournament on October 22, 2016 to raise money for the Sheyenne Shine On Scholarship. 

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