Former Vanderbilt track athlete Teegan Hill and her sister Troinee Broom died in a boating accident on July 4 during a birthday celebration in Texas.
The Highland Village Fire Department responded to a call late Sunday about the accident at Lake Lewisville near Dallas.
"Upon our arrival, there was a boat that was unloading passengers," Chief Michael Thomson said, per KDFW in Dallas. "The engine and ambulances showed up initially on scene. We're able to triage those patients or those passengers. None of them had any injuries.
"But we did find that there was two passengers that were thrown from the boat that were still missing and unaccounted for."
Hill and Broom were the missing passengers. The Lewisville Fire Department’s dive team recovered their bodies around 12:30 a.m. on Monday. Hill had turned 31 that day. Broom was 28.
Sisters fell off boat as it took on water
KDFW reports that 12 people were aboard the pontoon boat that began to take on water and was more than halfway submerged when Hill and Broom fell into the lake and never resurfaced. They weren't wearing life preservers, according to Thomson.
Vanderbilt athletic director Candace Storey Lee wrote fondly of Hill on Twitter Tuesday.
"It’s difficult for me to process the tragic news of the deaths of Teegan Hill and her sister, Troinee," Lee tweeted. "I remember Teegan’s talent on the track, but even more so as a sweet and kind woman. Our hearts go out to her family, teammates and all who loved her. She’s forever a Commodore."
Hill thrived on Vanderbilt track team before earning law degree
According to the Nashville Tennessean, Hill specialized in the 200- and 400-meter run in three seasons on the Vanderbilt track team from 2009-12. She holds the sixth-fastest time in school history in the 400-meters. After graduating, she earned her law degree from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University and interned with the NAACP before working as a private trial attorney in Garland, Texas.
Broom worked as a teacher in Dallas.
Their father Antroin Broom asked for prayers in an interview with KDFW.
"They were like two peas in a pod," Broom said. "They did everything together. Two beautiful girls. They loved life, they loved people. I just ask people to pray for me and my family."
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