BEAUMONT - Beaumont Police have released the name of a teenager who drowned at the Magnolia Park pool during what investigators believe was an after-hours burglary and swim party involving several young men and young women.
Detectives say the victim is Shaquill Dixon, a 17-year-old resident of Beaumont. According to a preliminary autopsy report, the cause of his death is drowning.
A City of Beaumont maintenance worker went to the pool at about 7:30 a.m. Friday to prepare for opening later in the afternoon. He discovered that someone had broken into the pool house. He called police to report the burglary and while he was checking the grounds he saw a body at the bottom of the pool.
Detectives and patrol officers responded and the Beaumont Fire Department dive team recovered Dixon's body from the bottom of the pool's deep end. Clothing and a pair of shoes were piled nearby close to the slides.
Sgt. Flores said it appears someone cut a lock on a gate to get into the pool area and they may have cut the fence.
He told us an outer building had been vandalized and a full-size refrigerator was floating in the shallow end of the pool. Several flotation devices removed from the building were in the deep end.
Sgt. Flores says detectives are still in the process of identifying and interviewing potential witnesses. They believe Dixon was one of several people who broke into the secured perimeter fencing at the pool. Police also believe the group may have had a pool party at the darkened pool complex. Sometime during that party, according to investigators, several of the young men and women broke into and vandalized the pool house. Investigators say during that time, they believe Dixon drowned. Police say his family and friends told officers Dixon didn't know how to swim.
Once the investigation is finished, Detectives say they might file charges relate to the burglary of the building.
The pool is expected to reopen Tuesday.
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