Horrifying news of a family of 3 being found dead in their swimming pool has left a New Jersey community in mourning this week.
Keep scrolling for the full details on this shocking tragedy...
A horrific tragedy has left New Jersey in mourning.
via: Getty ImagesOn Monday, June 22, 3 people were found dead in a swimming pool at a family home in East Brunswick.
Police arrived on the scene just after 4 pm...
via: Getty ImagesOfficers responded to a call from concerned neighbors and, after arriving at the property, found all 3 of the victims unresponsive in the pool, NBC reports.
Neighbors had reportedly heard screaming coming from the home.
via: Getty ImagesUrging them to call for help, suspecting a fall incident.
On Tuesday, the county prosecutor and police chief identified the victims.
via: Getty ImagesHeartbreakingly, an 8-year-old girl, her thirty-two-year-old mother, and the child’s sixty-two-year-old grandfather all died as a result of the incident.
The 2 adults were later named by officials.
via: Getty IamaThey identified the man as Bharat Patel and his daughter-in-law Nisha Patel. The child was not named.
But what makes this all the more heartbreaking is the manner in which they died.
via: Getty ImagesNeighbors say that the family had just moved into the home and were excited about their new swimming pool, which they had recently had serviced.
At first, authorities thought there might have been an electrical issue linked to the deaths.
via: Getty ImagesElectrical issues in pools causing death is extremely rare, but it's not unheard of.
But a medical examiner was able to dismiss that theory.
via: Getty ImagesAnd concluded that the victims had died of "accidental drowning."
According to NBC, sources shed more light on what happened that day.
via: Getty ImagesAs per NBC New York, sources say that the young girl stepped into a six- or seven-foot deep section of the above-ground pool.
An aunt who was watching her then called for help...
via: Getty ImagesThis is what police believe may have been what the neighbors reported hearing - prompting them to call the authorities.
The grandfather then allegedly jumped in to help...
via: Getty ImagesBut got into trouble as he didn't know how to swim, the source explained.
The aunt continued to call for help.
via: Getty ImagesThe girl's mother then reportedly jumped in to try and save both her daughter and the man.
But she also didn't know how to swim...
via: Getty ImagesAnd quickly began to struggle in the water.
The child’s aunt allegedly managed to pull the young girl from the water...
via: Getty ImagesBut tragically, it was too late.
The police department released a statement earlier this week.
via: Getty Images"This is a devastating day for our entire community," Brunswick Police Chief Frank Losacco said.
via: Getty Images"We are working with the Middlesex County Prosecutors office and will release information as it develops."
After the tragic news broke...People were completely horrified.
But many people felt that the incident just didn't make sense."This situation seems a little suspicious no?" questioned one user.
People quickly began speculating.
@Breaking911 Hmm, yeah, doesn't line up.— ER_Welcome_Commitee (@ER_Welcome_Commitee)1593065902.0
The investigation is ongoing.
via: Getty ImagesStay posted for more updates on the case.