How Redeemed Church Parish Pastor drowned in pool alongside his two children during vacation

A -born in , Gabriel Diya, 52; his Comfort Diya, nine; and his son, Praise- Diya, 16, were on Thursday, December 26, named as the tourists who drowned inside the pool at La Costa complex in on .

is reporting that Pastor Diya, who was a pastor at Open Heavens in Charlton, which is a parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of (RCCG) in south-east London, and his daughter were both carrying passport while his son was travelling on a passport, it has emerged.

His wife, Olubunmi Diya, 49, and younger daughter, Favour Diya, 14, were also on the but were not affected during the incident.

On Thursday, the two of them were said to have told investigators that none of their relatives could properly swim and only nine-year- Comfort had ‘some idea’. 

But the exact circumstances of their deaths remained a mystery as resort chiefs said they had been given permission to reopen the pool and insisted a had found ‘no concerns’ with it.

The Redeemed Christian Church of God in south-east London on Thursday posted in on : “With heavy hearts, we extend our condolences to the , parish, and associates of Area Pastor Gabriel Diya who sadly passed away, along with two of his … in a tragic incident while on a holiday in Spain.

“At this very difficult , our prayers are for Pastor Gabriel Diya’s family, the parishes that were under his supervision, friends, associates, members of RCCG and the .”

A neighbour of told Daily Mail of that she was “really devastated” to learn of the deaths, describing the Diyas as “very religious, very friendly, very humble.”

Another Nigerian living in Charlton, south-east London, Lara Akins, 59, describing the said: “I still can’t comprehend it, it’s still shocking. They are so nice, that is why everybody is shocked… we are very friendly with each .”

Autopsies performed at Malaga’s Institute of Forensic also confirmed that the pastor and his two children died by drowning. Pathologists found no signs of any external injuries, or evidence they had been poisoned, during the examinations.

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