WOODBRIDGE, Va. - A Woodbridge Muslim community is grieving after its leaders say a teenage girl who was rescued from a neighborhood lake last week has died.
A construction crew pulled the girl from the murky waters eight days ago and performed lifesaving measures. First responders were able to regain her pulse and she was breathing. However, she would not survive.
At Masjid Al-Falah mosque in Woodbridge, family and friends say they are devastated by the passing of this 17-year-old girl who was pulled from Lake Montclair last week. Her family attended the mosque and lives less than five minutes away.
We are told they have not been to services since and are staying with family in the area.
A mosque leader says several members learned about the teenager’s passing because their children attend school with her. An announcement was made to the members Thursday night during prayer service.
The girl was pulled from Lake Montclair at West Beach on Sept. 16. A Prince William County Fire and Rescue spokesperson says the teenage girl was underwater between two and three minutes.
The spokesperson says the victim slipped and fell into the water while at the beach for a picnic with a group of family and friends.
A witness says a construction crew nearby pulled her out because no one in the group could swim.
After the teenager was transported to a nearby hospital and then airlifted to another hospital, a neighbor says she fell into a coma and passed away.
We are certainly very sad,” said Shoaib Ali, a member of the Masjid Al-Falah mosque. “She was going to graduate next year and she had planned to marry next year after the graduation. That’s what I heard was planned, so now everything is over.”
We are told the 17-year-old victim leaves behind a younger sister and a brother.
Members of the mosque are asking for continued prayers for the family.