The Atlanta Police Department is investigating an incident where a teenager apparently drowned at a Buckhead apartment complex pool during a Memorial Day party.

According to police, police officers and personnel from the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department were called to the 500 Apartments, located at 500 Northside Cir. in Atlanta, at about 7:50 p.m. in response to complaints of a large pool party there.

“While on scene, officers were notified of a 19-year-old male who appeared to have drowned at the location,” a preliminary police report stated. “CPR was conducted and the male was transported to a local hospital. The male died as a result of this incident. The partygoers left the event prior to it being shut down. At this time no foul play is suspected, but we are awaiting an official ruling from the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office upon completion of an autopsy. The investigation continues.”

The victim was identified by the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office as Shomari Billings.

In a letter emailed to residents, the apartment complex addressed the incident.

“Our hearts go out to (Billings') friends and family. We would like to take a few moments to reinforce some critical points,” the letter stated in part. “First, be aware that drowning does not look like you might expect. The Red Cross says that people often slip under the water or even appear to be swimming but can be in distress. It is important for everyone to keep an eye out for others in the water especially when no lifeguard is on duty.

“We are cooperating fully with law enforcement in their search for who is responsible. Also – in addition to the legal aspects, we must also reinforce that this unauthorized event broke a number of pool rules – including those which forbid alcohol use. Also, the pool is for the use of residents only. Any residents responsible for planning or promoting this event have violated the terms of their lease and will have their lease terminated."


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