A 24-year-old Black woman employed by Life Time Fitness in Colleyville, Texas, was found floating in the swimming pool early on Sunday morning. While police are calling the incident an “accidental drowning,” members want to know why the pool was never closed and why they were not notified of the incident.
Perhaps the unusual circumstances surrounding Jamila Hashim’s near-fatal drowning gave Life Time management reason to keep the incident quiet. Hashim was an employee in the club’s Life Spa where she worked as a coordinator, according to her Facebook profile.
Friends told CBS-DFW News that the young woman was in need of a place to stay and was likely living at the 24-hour facility. She was also said to use her car for shelter as well over a roughly two-week period.
Never gonna forget how my cousin decided to ho me & interrupt my nap 4 hrs before I dipped pic.twitter.com/e1BLeZtsg9
— . (@_alimaj) January 16, 2018
A member of the club found Hashim’s body floating in the pool. She was unconscious and non-responsive. Hashim was taken to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Grapevine where she remains on life support for the time being. She is not expected to survive.
The Colleyville Police Department is investigating how it was possible that Hashim could live there for weeks undetected. The club has security cameras and that footage could reveal what happened in the days leading up to this tragedy. When the station contacted the club, Life Time only offered a statement saying that they would not comment on the matter “out of respect for the family.”
Long-time members Ann Martiens and Cindy Aldi told the news station that with all of the amenities and 24-hour access, they could see how easily someone could live in the club. Aside from the fitness floor, pool, and sauna, Life Time Clubs are equipped with a cafe, spa, and fully-stocked locker rooms where one can shower and store personal effects.
Colleyville police currently don’t believe that foul play was involved here, but the fact that Hashim could be living in the club unbeknownst to any of the management and staff is curious. Police did confirm that some of Hashim’s clothing was found on the premises and removed from the building.
Hashim’s parents arrived from overseas on Tuesday evening and are expected to take their daughter off life support any time now.