HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) - The Commonwealth's Attorney ordered the Hampton Police Division to assist campus police in investigating the drowning death of HU student David Esan.
Esan, 17, drowned March 20 at Hampton University's Holland Hall during what some students called a pool party. Paramedics and lifeguards attempted to revive him at the scene before he was transported to Sentara CarePlex Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
According to Sgt. Jason Price with the Hampton Police Division, Commonwealth's Attorney Anton Bell requested the police division's involvement Thursday.
Esan's family requested a criminal investigation into his death Wednesday.
Esan's friend Briana Loque told WAVY.com there were a few hundred individuals at the party that day with three lifeguards. Loque said Esan never drank or did drugs and was not a swimmer.
Esan's family released a statement Wednesday through their lawyer, Jasper Nzedu, based in Alexandria.
"We believe there should be a criminal investigation of all university personnel and agents involved in the pool party... We believe that such a criminal investigation should be conducted under the auspices of the city police," the family wrote.
They are also asking for anyone who may have attended that party to give details and pictures of the March 20 party online .
Esan was a member of the choir, lived at Harkness Hall and was recognized as one of Harkness Hall's 16 Men of Excellence.
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