Attorney Muhammad Malik, 26, and his 29-year-old wife, Dr. Noor Shah, a surgeon in the city, died on October 28
The newlywed Manhattan couple drowned on their Caribbean honeymoon
Tragedy struck four days after their Long Island wedding
The pair were swimming in the sea at a Turks and Caicos Islands resort when they were suddenly pulled under by strong riptides
Witnesses were able to pull them from the water and performed CPR but they both died at the scene
A joint funeral for the couple will be held on Sunday in New Jersey
A newlywed new York couple tragically drowned on their Caribbean honeymoon after struggling against a strong riptide.
Corporate attorney, Muhammad Malik, 26, and his bride, Dr. Noor Shah, 29, a surgical resident at NYU Langone Health, were pronounced dead at the scene after being pulled under by rip tides while honeymooning in the Caribbean on October 28.
The accident happened at a Turks and Caicos Islands resort, four days after their wedding in Long Island. The pair from Manhattan had been swimming in chest-deep waters near Como Parrot Cay when they were suddenly pulled underwater by a strong riptide.
Witnesses were able to pull the couple from the water, and performed CPR but both died at the scene, according to the groom’s father, Col. R. Maqbool Malik, 70, a well known figure in Long Island’s Pakistani American community
The pair had been swimming in chest-deep waters near Como Parrot Cay on the Turks and Caicos Islands when they were suddenly pulled underwater by a strong riptide
‘It’s a devastating loss,’ Col. Malik said in an interview.
‘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.
‘They were truly in love with each other.’
‘The kind of chemistry that we saw in those two human beings was amazingly fascinating. They loved each other,’ the bereaved dad added.
The drowning was accidental but Col. Malik is critical of the resort for failing to put up warning signs that would have told swimmers about the potentially dangerous swimming conditions.
The grieving dad said he was informed of the tragedy that befell his family by the American Embassy in the Bahamas. The groom’s two brothers Salman Malik and Ahmad Malik, travelled to the Turks and Caicos to identify the bodies, accompanied by the new bride’s older brother, Murtza Shah.
The couple’s funeral is expected to be held on Sunday in Teaneck, New Jersey.
Malik a graduate of Cornell University worked at Manhattan law firm, Olshan Frome Wolosky.
The firm paid tribute to the pair in a statement that said: ‘It is with a great degree of sadness that we inform you of the tragic accidental death of Mohammad Malik and his wife Dr. Noor Shah Malik. They were both shining lights who touched everyone who had the benefit of knowing them. Mohammad was a humble, bright and talented attorney and a truly kind and gentle soul.
‘Mohammad always strove to live life to the fullest and to appreciate the richness of human experience. We deeply mourn this incomprehensible loss of exceptional members of our Olshan family. They will be deeply missed.’
Dr. Shah, who grew up in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, was a fourth-year resident in the Department of Surgery at NYU Langone Health after graduating from Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson medical school.
‘She was an excellent resident and a promising surgeon and she will be deeply missed,’ the hospital said in a statement.