Headline — 20 December 2013 — by Adele Ramos
Keisha Garnett, 30, meets tragic end in icy Chicago River

Early Tuesday morning, the icy Chicago River claimed the life of an Esperanza woman, Keisha Elissa Garnett, 30, who was living in Dallas, USA, but who had reportedly gone on a visit to Chicago.

Doctors indicated that Keisha died due to the shock she experienced while struggling for her life in the freezing river – covered with huge blocks of ice.

Garnett’s brother, Jeremy Garnett, who described Keisha, his only sister, as a person with a big heart, told NBC News that the family had moved to the US from Belize when Keisha was a child.

“It’s tough. I am having a hard time coping with it. It’s hard to believe that she is gone… I just can’t believe that she is no longer here,” he said.

Around 4:00 on Tuesday morning, Keisha went for an early morning walk with friends and she slipped into the river.

“Her friends waved down a driver, who called for help. Chicago Fire Department dive crews pulled the woman out of the water around 4:15 a.m. She was pronounced dead at 5:20 a.m.,” ABC Chicago reported.

A friend held on to Keisha’s hands for 15 minutes, trying to get her out, before deciding to release her and seek help, the news reports say. A cab driver reportedly stood by and did nothing.

A witness, Hailey Barham, called 911. It was a team of firemen who searched for Keisha amid the ice – but she was already in a critical state when they found her.

Her mourning brother told the media that Keshia was the only girl in a family with three boys.

Dallas news sources reported that Keisha Alissa Garnett’s family said she worked as a housekeeper for a family and was accompanying them on a trip.

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