Emergency service staff wheel the girl from the Classic
Motel. Photo / Rhys Palmer
A young Fijian woman found at the bottom of a Hamilton
motel swimming pool has died.
Deepika Kumar, who had been living with an Anglican family in
Wellington since December, was in Hamilton for the Christian
music festival Parachute.
The 18-year-old was found in the pool at the Ulster St Motel
on Saturday afternoon.
She died in Waikato Hospital last evening.
Anglican Church spokesperson Reverend Jayson Rhodes says her
death will be felt by many in the community.
"She lived at St Christopher's Home in Suva, was cared for by
the sisters there, and was to return to Fiji this coming week
to begin university.
"Her death is just so tragic. It's a tragic accident.''
Jayson Rhodes says she was due to begin her teaching studies
"She was part of the parish of St Mary's in the Wellington
suburb of Whitby. She was so much a part of that family and
the family she was living with, that they'd invited her out
here before starting university.'