Two young brothers were killed after falling into an icy pond on Wednesday, according to officials.
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 pond that had frozen over.
Around 3pm on Wednesday, they asked their mother if they could go outside and play.
Then Ivy heard them screaming for help. She called 911, and first responders arrived to pull the duo out of the water by 3.31pm. Ivy estimated that they had been submerged for about 15-20 minutes.
‘Palatine Fire Department personnel pulled two male juveniles from the water. Both juveniles were subsequently transported to Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights,’ the city stated.
Both boys died within hours of each other in the hospital on Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Their cause of death has not yet been released.
‘I never imagined having to bury my kids,’ the grieving mother told NBC Chicago. She said the two boys were inseparable, and acted as their brother’s keepers. ‘They had each other’s backs.’
Later the same day, authorities responded to another incident where a child fell through a frozen pond in the Chicago area.
In Aurora, Illinois, a 9-year-old boy walked across a frozen pond to retrieve a new football that had landed out of reach. After he fell through the ice, a woman dove into the pond to try to rescue him
Police were able to rescue the both the child and the woman in time by pulling the child out on ropes.
The daring rescue was captured on body camera and posted online on the Aurora Police Department’s Facebook page.
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