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Community grieves after drowning of twin girls

AURORA, Ind. (Paula Toti) -- It was a two hour search that ended in the worst possible way and Wednesday night a community is grieving the loss of twin girls who drowned  in a neighbor's tarp covered pool.

The two-year-old girls lived on Dutch Hollow Road in Aurora.  The neighbor's home is next door on Elm Circle.  It seems every where I went Wednesday someone had a tie to the family or a first responder.  The fire department alone had a dozen people searching.  They had the names of the girls, Jocelyn and Shaylyn Spurlock, written on their hands.  They were hoping it would be a search of the woods and they could call the girls.  Instead it was their worst fear.

Two-year-olds Jocelyn and Shaylyn Spurlock are being remembered Wednesday night by a grieving community.  Some are urging people on social media to support the family.  Shannon Bradley knows the girl's grandmother and says it's a wonderful family.

She tells us, "It strikes home, I have a two-year-old granddaughter and they were about to turn three.  It's sad, we all pull together here a small knit community."

The girl's parents just got married last Saturday and celebrated at the local VFW.  Sheriff's deputies were first called to the two hour search and got assistance from police, fire and EMS.

"And we later located the children two doors down from were they were missing from, in a pool and at this time the investigation is on going, waiting for the coroner's report," said Sgt. Jon Evans of the Dearborn County Sheriff's Dept.

Bradley's son was one of the firefighters who pulled one of the girl's from the pool. He was horribly shaken as he told his mother what had happened.  It's been an unspeakable week for many of Aurora's first responders.

"We had an older woman drown in the same area a week ago, can't remember which day.  And we lost another woman on the same road to an aneurism last week. That community  in the area lost quite a few, it's  been a rough week," Evans said.

Sgt. Evans said people in the community came up to him crying Wednesday.  He's had to talk things out with some of his officers.  He's also reliving a drowning from 17 years ago where he got into the water to search for a child. 

Grief counselors will be at the Aurora Fire Department Wednesday around 7p.m. to talk to any first responders who want assistance.  As for the parents we are told they have family in town.

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