Newlyweds have died on their honeymoon just four days after celebrating their wedding.
Mohammad Malik, 35 and his 29-year-old wife Dr. Noor Shah were swimming in chest-deep water on October 28 in the Caribbean when they were pulled under by a strong riptide, the grooms father, Maqbool Malik, told Newsday.
The couple were reportedly pulled from the water and witnesses performed CPR but they died on the beach.
"It's a devastating loss, this is a shock beyond belief. And it's a tragedy of different dimensions when you have to lay two children to rest in a joint funeral,” Maqbool told Newsday.
The father has criticised Como Parrot Cay private island resort, where the couple were staying in Turks and Caicos, for a lack of warning signs present at the beach.
Maqbool said he was told of the death by the American Embassy in the Bahamas.
The NYC law firm where Mohammad worked as a corporate attorney released a statement describing the newlyweds as “shining lights who touched everyone who had the benefit of knowing them”.
“Mohammad was a humble, bright and talented attorney and a truly kind and gentle soul. Mohammad always strove to live life to the fullest and to appreciate the richness of human experience.
“We deeply mourn this incomprehensible loss of exceptional members of our Olshan family. They will be deeply missed,” an Olshan Law spokesperson wrote on the company’s website.
Maqbool said his son was “truly in love” with his new wife, a surgical resident at NYU Langone Health who he married on October 24 in Long Island.
"The kind of chemistry that we saw in those two human beings was amazingly fascinating. They loved each other,” he told Newsday.
A funeral has been planned for Sunday in New Jersey (local time).
Resort officials did not respond to Newsday for comment.
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