Police ID Fairfield Lake Victim [UPDATED]

'You never expect a summer to unfold like this,' Fairfield Lt. James Perez said.

[Editor's Note: Following an official press briefing with police Wednesday, some details of the report have been updated.]

Update, 4 p.m., July 18

A memorial page has been set up for Catherine Perez Trujillo of Bridgeport, the 10-year-old girl who drowned in Lake Mohegan Tuesday. Police initially identified the girl as Kathleen Trujillo.

The memorial page, hosted by Funeraria Luz de Paz of Bridgeport, lists service information and an obituary for Trujillo.

Funeraria Luz de Paz has established a Memorial Donation fund to cover the service and funeral expenses. Those interested in donating should contact the funeral home at 203-330-8081.

Friends and family are encouraged to leave a note of condolence for Trujillo's family or share a memory or photo on the memorial page.

Update, 11 a.m., July 18

A 10-year-old Bridgeport girl died Tuesday shortly after she was pulled from , police said.

Police idenitified the girl Wednesday as Kathleen Trujillo of Iranistan Avenue.

She was underwater for about 45 minutes before divers found her and brought her to shore, according to police. The report initially came in around 7:15 p.m., divers located Trujillo just before 8 p.m.

The girl was transported to Bridgeport Hospital, where she was pronounced dead shortly before 10 p.m.

According to the report, the girl was at Lake Mohegan with three adults, including her mother and aunt, and eight other children.

The girl was reportedly swimming in a no-swim zone when she panicked, department spokesperson Lt. James Perez said.

Her mother attempted to pull the girl onto her back and swim to shore, but the girl panicked again and slipped under, according to Perez.

"Lake waters are extremely deceptive when it comes to depth," Perez said.

The girl had been swimming in an area where the deepest part of the lake reaches 60 feet. Divers found her on a chair-like ledge 10-15 feet under the water's surface, according to the police report.

Dive teams from Fairfield, Westport and Bridgeport responded to the scene, as well as Fairfield fire personnel.

"You never expect a summer to unfold like this; for a mother to watch her daughter disappear is tragic, very sad," Perez said. "We feel for the family. "

Perez recalled an incident that occurred last summer, .

Police Chief Gary MacNamara echoed Perez's comments. "This was a very sad evening here at Lake Mohegan. It's a tragedy of huge proportions."

He added that he was proud of the emergency responders, who "used every means possible when they got here to get her out quickly."

The Monday had closed Lake Mohegan to swimmers due to excessive rainfall amounts from Sunday's storms, and it was not due to reopen officially until Wednesday.

Original Post, 8:30 p.m.

According to various Twitter reports, an unconscious 10-year-old girl was pulled out of Lake Mohegan around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The girl's condition is unknown at this time.  

Jennifer Hochberg July 18, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Fairfield Citizen-News coverage as of 9:24pm tonite: http://www.fairfieldcitizenonline.com/news/article/Unconscious-girl-pulled-from-Lake-Mohegan-3714485.php#photo-3206523
Jennifer Hochberg July 18, 2012 at 04:39 AM
Just checked on the News 12 CT link via Facebook (plus an updated Ffld Citizen article regarding this story)....VERY sad about what happened. Prayers go to the girl's family...and this drowning certainly was preventable.
Fairfield Resident July 18, 2012 at 07:57 AM
How Sad :-(
Jim Eastwood July 18, 2012 at 09:44 AM
ANOTHER SAD EVENT !!!!! SO Sorry for the family Every Year the Lake seems to get another victim. Most are at the North end and most from outof Twon The Lake is a "Drowning Machine" Please tell all your freinds NEVER swim at the North end !!!! and perhaps we need stronger enforcement of that fact. Have a Great Day and Remeber These things DO Happen in Fairfield !!
John Jameson July 18, 2012 at 12:21 PM
It is indeed a tragic event, but Mr. Eastwood, to label Lake Mohegan a "drowning machine" is over the top. There was one drowning last year, the first in many, many, years.
Pi July 18, 2012 at 02:35 PM
One last year, this one this year. The one last year wasn't even in that area of the lake I don't believe. Oh yeah, a real "drowning machine".
Mary Belletzkie July 18, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Very tragic. To labe the lake as "a drowning machine" is a bit much. If people obeyed the rules and did not swim where they are not supposed to (there are signs saying no swimming) maybe these things wouldn't happen.
brian kelly July 18, 2012 at 09:54 PM
parents watch your children! don't let them out of your sight until they are 21! you have my condolences. i will see you on the other side...
Jacob's Mama July 19, 2012 at 01:33 PM
This tragedy has haunted me. And yes, she was in a restricted area, but why keep bringing that up? We all have made poor decisions..but this family has lost their young daughter. The "what if's" and "coulda, should, woulda" will haunt them all for years. Don't see the need to keep pointing it out. If anything, we should learn from this. I have a 2 year old and after reading this, it made me realize how important water safety is. God bless this family. So sad.
Probie July 19, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Thats Jim he has always been over the top. Thats why he's not working for the firedepartment in fairfield anymore
Nina Pack July 19, 2012 at 08:58 PM
my family and i swim all the time at the lake.It's a tradjedy that this happened to any family.When you all talk about posting the no swimming signs,maybe they should be posted around the lake,and not just at the beach. I have never seen postings anywhere on the north part of the lake.I am the mother of a 10 yr old boy and i am holding on a little tighter to my angel. God's peace to the family. My prayers are with you all.
Pi July 19, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Are you kidding? They're all over the place on the north end of the lake. There is a list of rules. No littering, no swimming, no alcohol, no fires except for in the designated fire areas, no boating, no hunting, no camping, etc, etc.
Mariella Himenez July 19, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Perhaps the signs should be in Spanish as well. Also, there should be separate no swimming signs in addition to the rules that list no swimming among other things. And get signs that have pictures of a swimmer with a big red circle with a slash signaling no swimming too.
BOB QUIGLEY July 20, 2012 at 12:12 AM
why should we be putting up signs in spanish? Is this The US or another non-english speaking country. Why were these people from Bridgeport in Fairfield ??????????????? HELLO
Pi July 20, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Because a large part of the Greater New York Community speaks Spanish? Hate to be the one to break the news but the US doesn't have an official language. What were they doing in Fairfield? Trying to enjoy the water, albeit against town ordinances. I'm sorry if their colored blood tainted your Aryan white stream.
Jason Silver July 20, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Town of Fairfield taxpayers pay to maintain Lake Mohegan. Regardless of the person's race, people are coming from Bridgeport to use our lake and are not following the rules.
Pi July 20, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Yeah? And you can go down Beardsly Park and do the same thing and that's paid for by Bridgeport tax payers.
DRH July 20, 2012 at 04:48 PM
I am upset that a child, or anyone has drowned in Lake Mohegan. They did not follow the rules. But posting the sign in Spanish? How about Portuguese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Hindi, and others so that we cover all the bases? A person can only drown when in water. To get into Lake Mohegan's water you need to purchase a sticker. To get into the water by going into the public place and ignoring signs is not following the rules. As for Beardsly Park Pi, paid by Bridgeport residents, you can't get in unless you pay $20 for day, pay $5 for a Bpt resident sticker or a $75 sticker for an out of Bpt. resident. So the way I see it, if you want to get in to Beardsly Park, you either pay for the sticker or circumvent the rules and find another way to get in. Sound familiar to this Fairfield incident?
Pi July 20, 2012 at 05:44 PM
That's the exact point I was trying to make. You can go to Beardsly park and swim in places where you aren't supposed to swim. I wouldn't expect from Bridgeport to say "What were those white people from Fairfield doing here?" like some people have in response to this drowning. Why Spanish? Because it's a very popular language in the US whether you like it or not. English is not the "official" language of the US. We have no official language. This is about trying to prevent people from drowning, not about what language people speak. What a bunch of xenophobes.
Dory July 20, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Why not the signs of a swimmer with a big red slash signaling no swimming, like someone mentioned earlier. You don't need to read any language to understand that.
Darlene July 22, 2012 at 09:56 PM
You people with all your inappropriate comments are horrible people!!!! What does it matter what language this little girl and her family speak. I know this little girls father and he is a wonderful person and has lost his daughter that he loves very much. How can you type such inappropraite remarks about language and signs and where people live. You should be ashamed of yourself and pray that nothing this tragic ever happens to someone you love in your family. I'm sure that all the people that made those very inappropriate comments are the same people that talk on their cell phones while they drive and speed on the highways. If you can't pay your respects in a heartfelt way don't say anything at all. The only thing that brings me comfort in this sad situation is knowing Catherine is another Angel in heaven wathching over all of us.
Fairfield Resident July 22, 2012 at 11:34 PM
What matters is the FACT that the parents were responsible for allowing their children to swim in an area that was posted as off limits to swimming. Period.
Jason Silver July 23, 2012 at 12:18 AM
And lets hide from the fact that this was completely senseless death that could have been avoided. The parents who are responsible for this tragedy should be brought up on charges.


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