New York newlyweds drown during their honeymoon in Turks and Caicos

A New York-area couple who drowned during their honeymoon in Turks and Caicoswas expected to be laid to rest Sunday in New Jersey. 

Attorney Mohammad Malik, 35, and Dr. Noor Shan, a 29-year-old NYU Langone medical center surgical resident, had only been married four days before they were pulled under by a rip current near their resort, COMO Parrot Cay, on Oct. 28.

“It’s a devastating loss,” the groom’s father, Col. R. Maqbool Malik told Long Island’s Newsday. “This is a shock beyond belief. And it’s a tragedy of different dimensions when you have to lay two children to rest in a joint funeral.”

He said that while witnesses were able to pull them from the water and perform CPR, both died at the scene.

“COMO Parrot Cay and the COMO Group are deeply saddened by the tragic accident that occurred while hotel guests were in the ocean off Parrot Cay in late October,” the resort said in a statement provided by spokesman Chris Orlikowski. “We have worked with the authorities of the Turks & Caicos to fully cooperate with their investigation into this incident.”

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