Parents ‘grateful’ for support after 6-year-old daughter dies following ‘freak accident’ while playing badminton

Lucy Morgan died on June 5, four days after part of her brother’s badminton racket broke off and hit her skull

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The parents of six-year-old Lucy Morgan, who died in a “freak accident” while playing with her brother earlier this month, are “grateful” for the support they have received since her death.

In a statement released on behalf of Jesse and Bethany Morgan, Jill Anthony, who started the Morgan family’s GoFundMe page, told PEOPLE, “They received the funds from the fundraiser and are grateful for the outpouring of love and support.”

The site was created on June 4, the day before Lucy died from injuries suffered in a June 1 incident that Jesse described on his blog as a “freak accident.”

As of June 11, the fundraiser had raised more than $131,000 of its $150,000 goal, which is intended to provide the family with “extravagant financial support – to cover meals while they are away from home, housing for the family, medical expenses… I need,” according to the description GoFundMe.

Related: Dad remembers 6-year-old daughter who died after badminton racket accident: ‘She was a tough kid’

According to Maine State Police, the incident occurred as the Morgan family – Jesse, Bethany and their children Silas, Shiloh, Lucy and Atticus – were finishing a family vacation in Maine.

On Jesse’s blog, New Creation Living, a New Jersey pastor wrote that the family was enjoying a “beautiful” morning at their lake house in Limerick, Maine, on the last day of their vacation when the 6-year-old was fatally injured while playing outdoors with his siblings .

“We were having a quick lunch by the lake and the kids decided to try badminton in the backyard,” he wrote in a blog post. “Bethany and I were resting in the back when we heard screaming.”

While the children were playing, Lucy’s brother’s racket broke. In particular, the aluminum handle separated from the wooden handle, “causing the handle to strike the girl in the head and pierce her skull,” police later learned.

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First responders arrived on scene around 12 a.m. local time and transported the 6-year-old to a medical center in Sanford and then to another in Portland, where she “went straight to the operating room” and surgeons “removed part of her skull to reduce pressure and deal with the injury,” Jesse said.

The pastor continued to share updates on Lucy on his blog, at one point stating that the family was “holding together” but “can’t imagine life without Lucy-goose.”

On June 4, the pastor said that “there is a very good chance that he will die and meet Jesus within 24 hours.” According to both the police and the blog, Lucy died of her injuries the next day.

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After her death, Jesse opened up about Lucy’s life in an interview with Fox News. The father of four told the website that the 6-year-old has a “very lively” personality, but is also “reserved at times.”

“When you met her, she was very, very honest and a lot of fun,” he said, adding: “She was a tough kid.”

Green Pond Bible Chapel, the New Jersey church where Jesse is the worship and discipleship pastor, will hold Lucy’s funeral service on June 15. The service will also be broadcast live on the church’s website.

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