Tongan teen dies after falling through ice pond in Reno

Police were contacted at 3am on Friday 8 with reports of a man falling into pond Teglia’s Paradise Park in Reno in the United States.

The victim was 19-year-old Sitanilei Tu’ihalangingie from Kolomotu’a and Fātumu in Tonga but was residing in Reno, a family member who did not want to be identified told Kaniva News.

According to Police Tuʻihalangingie  was pulled from the ice and taken by ambulance to hospital where he later died.

Reno police and firefighters said the man was there with members of his family before he fell through the pond.

Rescue crews said Tuʻihalangingie was in the water for about half an hour before being pulled out, though his family had tried to rescue him.

The incident is still under investigation.

The tributes for Tuʻihalangingie have been pouring in today on what has been a dreadfully sad day for his family and friends.

why you gotta leave so early bro!!! 🙁 maahn love youu long time brother!!<3 Rest in God’s Love !!

Posted by Lesieli Likiliki on Friday, January 8, 2016

Please. Please. I can’t stop crying. Come back. Urgggghhh!!! Forever will you be my puppet. My homie!!! ?❤️????? this…

Posted by Ingrid Martinez on Friday, January 8, 2016

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