Donation drive organized in memory of woman killed by gator

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Cassandra Cline was killed by an alligator on Hilton Head Island on August 20, 2018. (Photo: Kathy Reister)

ENDWELL, N.Y. (AP) — The family and friends of a teacher from upstate New York killed while protecting her dog from an attacking alligator last week are fundraising to buy school supplies for needy children.

Forty-five-year-old Cassandra Cline was dragged into a lagoon and killed while she was trying to protect her pet border collie near her home on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina last week. WBNG-TV reports that friends and family near her other home in Endwell, New York have been fundraising as a way to remember her.

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Jamie Bucinell, the owner of Hair Studio Six, says Cline would buy school supplies for local students in need. Cline’s family says the donation drive is the perfect tribute.