NORTH LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - A Memorial Day weekend party ended in tragedy after, authorities said, a 5-year-old girl drowned in a North Lauderdale swimming pool, Sunday afternoon.

According to investigators, the incident took place along the 7200 block of Southwest Fifth Street, just before 5 p.m. They said 5-year-old Victoria Brown got into a backyard swimming pool after the rest of the partygoers had left the pool and went to go eat. Moments later, an adult saw her at the bottom of the pool.

Paramedics were called out when Victoria was spotted in the water, but it was too late. Crews transported her to Northwest Medical Center in Margate, where she was pronounced dead.

BSO spokesperson Gina Carter said Victoria did not live at the residence and was only there as a part of a church group get-together. “They were here for a party. There were a lot of children at the party and a lot of adults,” she said. “Unfortunately, there was a moment when the little girl was able to get away from supervision and ended up in the pool.”

BSO deputies remained at the scene late Sunday night as they interviewed witnesses and attempted to piece together how this happened.

Victoria’s mother set up a GoFundMe page to help cover the costs of burying Victoria. To donate, click here.

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