Three young Texas sisters were all found dead in a pond after disappearing from their home while a family friend was babysitting them. Zi’Ariel Robinson Oliver, 9, A’Miyah Hughes, 8, and Te’Mari Robinson Oliver, 5, were reported missing on Friday night, July 29. A dive team later pulled their bodies out from a private pond on a neighboring property on Saturday morning, July 30. Their cause of death is yet to be revealed.
Bre Oliver (Shommaonique Oliver), the girls’ mother, took to Facebook to announce the tragic news. “My heart it hurt so bad because my babies are gone to be with the lord & I know everyone have a role on earth but their role’s was to short. They had a long life ahead of them, and now they will never get to grow up into the young ladies I know they was going to be,” she wrote. “just know mama love you no matter what, say hi to grannies for me. its not goodbye its see you later my sweet angles.”
A family friend was reportedly watching over the three children and their other siblings when their mother Shommaonique, 28, was at work. Zi’Ariel, A’Miyah, and Temari went missing from their Atlanta home around 10 pm on Friday. The babysitter called 911 to report that they had disappeared, and a multi-agency search for the girls subsequently began.
Officials later received reports that the sisters were found dead in a pond near Highway 77 around 2 am on Saturday. Police conducted a search around the pond after they found a pair of shoes and other items of clothing in and near the water body. “We located items of clothing around a pond and in a pond,” Texas Game Warden Shawn Hervey told KSLA. “So, we centered the search around that small body of water, and with the use of divers we were able to recover three victims at approximately 2 am.”
“We have no idea what the girls were doing there,” Cass County Sheriff Larry Rowe told the Texarkana Gazette. Investigators have not yet reached a conclusion about their death. The bodies of the three girls have now been sent for autopsies. “Nobody has been accused of anything,” Rowe added.
Shommaonique, who seems to have another Facebook account, wrote in a post, sharing some pictures, “Through this whole process I have my family helping me to get through this hard time with me and the loss of my sweet babies Girl’s it’s so unreal. But I know I have to be strong for the sake of my other 3 Babies’s because they need me more then ever.!!!”
Shommaonique has also set up a GoFundMe for the girls to help with funeral costs and other related expenses. “On July 29, 2022, My three kids Zi’Ariel Robinson Oliver & A’Miyah Hughes & Te’Mari Robinson Oliver went missing around 8 pm their body was found side by side at around 2 am July 30, 2022, in a pond. This was so unexpect and a big hurt and shock to myself and my family. We are now asking for help to lay my sweet angles to rest. Whatever you can donate will be appreciated,” She wrote on the page. At the time this article was written, $4,528 USD had been raised for the $25,000 goal.