Catfish tournament held Saturday for man who drowned in Pee Dee River

A catfish tournament was held at the Cashua Ferry Landing in Darlington Saturday to honor a man who drowned in the Pee Dee river.

Family members held the event to help cover the funeral expenses for Stephen Murray, 49.

More than 20 people participated in the event.

There were prizes for the biggest catch and the largest number of fish caught.

Family members say the community's support is uplifting.

"Take it day by day and we've had a lot of love and support shown and you know a lot of people came out today. We can't say how much we appreciate everything that the community and friends of the family people that you just wouldn't expect have shown how great they truly are through this situation," said Robyn Beacham, Murray's step-daughter, who helped organize the event.

Murray was fishing with a family member when emergency officials say they were thrown from a boat after hitting a log.

The other boater was able to swim to shore but lost site of Murray.

Murray's body was later found about 50 feet away from where the boat capsized.