The Missouri governor's office confirmed to FOX59 that eleven members of the family, including several children, were aboard the boat and nine of them passed away in the incident.
The pastor of Zion Tabernacle Apostolic Church said the family was close to his church, but weren't members. A family member shared a photo that showed some of the victims.
FOX59 spoke on the phone with one of the family members that survived the incident, Tia Coleman. The other surviving family member is her nephew.
"My heart is very heavy. Out of 11 of us, only two of us surviving – that's me and my nephew," said Tia. "I lost all my children, my brother-in-law."