HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) - The family of a Hampton University student who drowned last week is calling for the City of Hampton to conduct a criminal investigation into their son's untimely death.
David Esan, 17, drowned March 20 at Holland Hall on the university's campus during a pool party sponsored by the school. Paramedics and lifeguards attempted to revive him at the scene before he was transported to Sentara CarePlex Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Esan's friend Briana Loque told WAVY.com there were a few hundred individuals at the party that day with three lifeguards. Loque said Esan never drank or did drugs and was not a swimmer.
Esan's family released a statement Wednesday through their lawyer, Jasper Nzedu, based in Alexandria.
"We believe there should be a criminal investigation of all university personnel and agents involved in the pool party... We believe that such a criminal investigation should be conducted under the auspices of the city police," the family wrote.
They are also asking for anyone who may have attended that party to give details and pictures of the March 20 party online .
Esan was a member of the choir, lived at Harkness Hall and was recognized as one of Harkness Hall's 16 Men of Excellence.
So far, only Hampton University campus police have investigated the incident.
Hampton University released the following statement Wednesday:
Hampton University is extremely saddened by the death of one of our students, David Esan. We extend our deepest sympathy to the Esan family and friends for their profound loss. A memorial ceremony was held [Wednesday] in Ogden Hall. After the ceremony, the Esan family expressed concerns about the circumstances surrounding David's death.
David drowned while attending a pool party at Holland Hall on March 20. Lifeguards and paramedics attempted to revive him on the scene until he was transported to Sentara CarePlex Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The investigation by Hampton University Police is ongoing.
The pool party at Holland Hall was sponsored by the Freshman Class and was one of the weeklong activities for Freshman Week. The party was staffed by two University administrators and three Hampton University Police officers. Also, there were three American Red Cross certified lifeguards on duty who performed two-person CPR. The lifeguards participate in four in-service trainings per year the most, recent in February. The lifeguards were positioned at an elevated stand, deck-level stand and at the pool deck during the party.
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