Wednesday was a quiet day along Elm Circle Drive in Aurora. But, yellow police tape tucked away in a neighbor's backyard serves as a reminder of a tragic evening.
"As I came down through my backyard, I went over to feed my dog and I met a police officer in the backyard and inquired what was going on. He told me that the two neighbor girls were missing," said Bob Bressert, a neighbor who helped pull the girls from the pool.
At that time, Bressert says police were searching a wooded area for the girls, and they were going to use a dog to help follow the trail. He headed back to his home, and that's when he, his wife and a firefighter thought to check the neighbor's pool.
"We got about to the corner of my deck over here, and I saw something pink in the pool, and right away I knew when I saw something pink in the pool, it looked like it was one of the little girls," said Bressert.
They took off running to the pool.
"One of the little girls was towards the edge and my wife grabbed her out and ran up with the firemen and they started doing CPR. One of the other one's was out a little bit farther in the water, and we were struggling to get her out. Finally, a fireman just jumped in the pool," said Bressert.
The girls didn't live very far away. Just two doors down, their toys are still in the backyard. As an elementary school teacher, Bressert says Wednesday wasn't getting any easier.
"To deal with young kids every day and to have kids of your own, to see something like that, it's absolutely tragedy. A loss of life like that, there was very little sleep in this house last night," Bressert told FOX19.
The twins were taken to an area hospital and pronounced dead.
"It's so close to home. You see it on TV, you see it on the news, but you never think it's going to be in your neighborhood," said Bressert.
Bressert says the homeowner where the pool sits is out of town.
Another neighbor told FOX19 that the children's family moved in about a month ago, and that the parents were married just last week.
A visitation service will be Saturday, April 12 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hope Baptist Church in Dillsboro, Indiana. Services will be held immediately after at the same location.
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