Hillboro Police identify drowning victim at Shute Park pool
The Hillsboro Police Department has identified a teenage girl who drowned at the Shute Park Aquatic & Recreation Center late Wednesday night, Nov. 20.
Nabila Maazouz, 14, was a freshman at Oregon Episcopal School and a member of the Liberty High School swim team, which was using the pool for swim practice.
Police said swimmers pulled the pool's cover before leaving the water, following swim practice at SHARC's outdoor pool.
"After the swimmers got out of the pool and started leaving the facility, Nabila was discovered to be missing," the department wrote in a statement released Thursday. "She was not found until 20-to-25 minutes later, at which time facility staff pulled her from the water and started lifesaving efforts."
Sgt. Eric Bunday, a spokesperson for the police department, said lifeguards and medics unsuccessfully attempted resuscitation before first responders arrived about 9:26 p.m.
Police are continuing to investigate the death, Bunday said.
"Right now, we're trying to determine whether she was in the pool when the cover was pulled over her or if she got into the pool afterward," he said. "This is a very tragic occurrence."
SHARC was closed for business Thursday.
Mo Copeland, head of Oregon Episcopal School, described how the school was reacting to the news and what support was available to the community.
"The entire OES community is deeply saddened by the loss of Nabila Maazouz, a ninth-grader at our school," Copeland said in a statement. "Her passing will be felt profoundly throughout OES and beyond, and our hearts are with Nabila's family and friends. Our counselors and chaplains are supporting students, faculty and staff who are grieving, and students are making use of quiet spaces on campus to reflect and share as they process this difficult news."
According to the Oregon School Activities Association rules, Maazouz was able to join the Liberty swim team because OES doesn't have a swim team of its own. Liberty High School was the closest school to her residence.
Thursday afternoon, the Hillsboro School District echoed feelings of shock and sadness in a statement. The district's "flight team," which is in charge of providing grief support to students and staff following deaths, was present at Liberty and OES on Thursday.
"We are encouraging parents to check in with their children today to see how they are feeling, and to refer to the grief and loss resources on our website for more information about how to support their child during this difficult time," the district's statement read.
Editor's note: This story has been updated with statements from schools, as well as to correct the day of the week. Nabila Maazouz died Wednesday, Nov. 20.
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