Two children are said to be in shock after watching their mother, father and one other person fall through the frozen ice in the Northern Arizona city of Payson and dying.
Fox12 reports the daughters,7 and 11, are now under the care of their neighbors.
According to NBC News, the three people were walking on Wood Canyon Lake when the ice broke and they fell through.
The three have been identified as Narayana Muddana, 49, Gokul Mediseti, 47, and Haritha Muddana by the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office said.
“Responding deputies and fire units were able to pull the female from the water and administer life-saving measures but were unsuccessful,” said a statement released by authorities on Monday to Fox Weather. The two other bodies were recovered on Tuesday with a use of a boat from a rental service.
A Go Fund Me for both families generated more than 10,000 donations and raised more than $500,00.
The Muddana family is from Chandler, Arizona and immigrated from India.
“It’s really unfortunate,” said Kishore Pittala, a neighbor who picked up both children from a hotel in Payson. “They were in shock,” Pittala said. “I could clearly see that in their faces, they were in shock.”
Medisetti is survived by a wife and a child.
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