Questions raised over Stockton drowning accident

A Stockton family raid questions about the death of a rising scholar.

Abdul Juana, 20, died July 30 following a drowning accident; but some family members think it was more than just an accident.

Friends and relatives of Abdul Juana said the young man did not have a bad bone in his body.

"He's a very peaceful person. He wouldn't hurt a fly," said Abdul's sister, Magdalene Juana.

Juana was attending San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton where he was pursuing his dream of becoming a medical doctor.

"He was the brightest guy because he has a lot of awards from institutions," said his father, Gonzelez Juana.

Abdul's family traveled more than 6,000 miles from Sierra Leone to Stockton so he could continue his education.

But Abdul's dreams were cut short two weeks ago when he went out for a swim at the pool inside his apartment complex. A decision that left his family baffled since he didn't know how to swim.

"He had never told me, 'daddy, I want to swim.' If he had told me this, maybe we should have taught him how to swim," recalled Gonzelez.

When paramedics arrived, Abdul's body was unresponsive. Witnesses say Abdul went too deep into the water.

Abdul was on life support before he died the following day.

While all signs pointed to the incident being nothing more than a tragic accident, some relatives thought there could have been foul play.

"We really want to know what happened and I don't think it's a question that is going to be easily answered," said Magdalene.

Police said there weren't any visible signs of injuries. The family waits for an official cause of death from the coroner's office.

Relatives tried to raise donations to transport Abdul's body back to Sierra Leone for a proper burial.

The following fundraising page has been set up.


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