Two younger brothers were killed after falling into an icy pond on Wednesday, officials said.
The children, Romalice Brooks, 6, and Ro’Siah Brooks, 4, were identified by their parents, Teghan Ivy and Romalice Brooks Sr.
The family was visiting the boys’ grandmother at an apartment complex in Palatine, Illinois. The complex, called “The Clayson”, surrounds a large drainage basin which has frozen over.
Around 3 p.m. Wednesday, they asked their mother if they could go out and play.
Then Ivy heard them screaming for help. She called 911 and first responders arrived to pull the pair out of the water at 3:31 p.m. Ivy estimated they had been submerged for about 15 to 20 minutes.
“Palatinate Fire Department personnel pulled two young males out of the water. Both minors were then transported to Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights,’ the city said.
The two boys died within hours of each other in hospital on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. Their cause of death has not yet been released.
“I never imagined having to bury my children,” the grieving mother said NBC Chicago. She said the two boys were inseparable and acted as their brother’s guardians. “They supported each other.”
Later the same day, authorities responded to another incident where a child fell into a frozen pond in the Chicago area.
In Aurora, Illinois, a 9-year-old boy walked across a frozen pond to retrieve a new soccer ball that had landed out of reach. After he fell through the ice, a woman dove into the pond to try to save him
The police were able to save the child and the woman in time by pulling the child on ropes.
The daring rescue was caught on body camera and posted online on the Aurora Police Department’s Facebook page.
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