DE SMET, Idaho—The Coeur d’Alene Tribal School cancelled classes for Thursday so students could honor two classmates who died over the weekend.
The two children died Sunday after falling through ice on a pond in Plummer, Idaho.
Emergency crews were called to a pond on Old Agency Loop Road around 4:30 p.m. The pond is near some homes on the Coeur d’Alene Reservation.
Authorities said two children had fallen through the ice and were trapped in the pond. They were found by their grandmother who called 911 and pulled them out of the water. The grandmother, identified by neighbors as Rose Gonzalez, was treated at the hospital for hypothermia but has since been released.
Neighbors identified the children as 9-year-old Jose Reyes and his younger sister 5-year-old Elena Maravilla.
Officials said the children were taken to Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d’Alene.
Police believe the children may have been looking for their dog when they fell through the ice.
Neighbors and one of the children’s caretakers said the kids had just got the puppy and followed it to the pond where they went on the ice and fell through.
KREM 2 News spoke to a man who said he looked after the children along with their grandmother. He said their family was going through an extremely tough time. The deaths have sent a shockwave through the Coeur d’Alene tribe.