Funeral services have been set for the two Parker teens who drowned Sunday July 14.
Services for sisters Claudia and Anna Snyder will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 27, at Parker Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. that afternoon in Alumni Hall at Parker High School.
Claudia and Anna drowned after they entered a canal behind Bluewater Lagoon the morning of July 14. According to a statement from the Colorado River Indian Tribes, this was the result of an accidental fall. Claudia was 17 and Anna was 15.
On July 19, the Colorado River Indian Tribes issued the following statement on the incident:
“The Colorado River Indian Tribes Police Department and Fire Department responded to a report on July 14th at 8:48am that two juvenile females, ages 15 and 17, fell into the main canal of the Colorado River Irrigation Project in the area of Blue Water Lagoon and California Ave. The two victims slipped and fell into the main canal and drowned.
The Colorado River Indian Tribes extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victims. The Colorado River Indian Tribes also wishes to extend its appreciation and thanks to the Buckskin Fire Department, La Paz County Sheriff’s Office, and Parker Police Department who responded and assisted. No further information will be released to the public regarding this incident.”
There are many websites on the dangers of entering canals like the one behind Bluewater Lagoon. Salt River Project has a page dedicated to safety around their canals. These websites note quick currents could pull people under water, and there are objects in canals, such as culverts and grates, where people could become trapped.
Parker social media sites were filled with condolences to the families and tributes to the two girls.