Newly-weds drowned on their Caribbean honeymoon after being dragged into the sea by a strong riptide.
Corporate attorney Muhammad Malik, 26 and surgeon-in-training Dr Noor Shah, 29, were suddenly pulled under while swimming in chest-high waters.
His father said it was “a shock beyond belief” after they were pronounced dead four days after tying the knot in Long Island, US.
The Manhattan-based couple got into trouble near Como Parrot Cay at a Turks and Caicos Islands resort on October 28.
Mr Malik’s father, Col R. Maqbool Malik, 70, said witnesses were able to pull the couple from the water and performed CPR but both died at the scene.
Col Malik told Newsday: “It’s a devastating loss. 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.”
Col Malik was told of the tragic accident by the American Embassy in the Bahamas.
His son’s Manhattan law firm, Olshan Frome Wolosky paid tribute to the pair: “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.”
His wife grew up in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and was a fourth-year resident in the Department of Surgery at NYU Langone Health.
“She was an excellent resident and a promising surgeon and she will be deeply missed,” the hospital said in a statement.
Col Malik blasted the resort for failing to put up warning signs of potentially dangerous swimming conditions.
His two other sons, Salman Malik, 41, and Ahmad Malik, 22, went to the Turks and Caicos to identify the bodies.
The couple’s funeral is expected to be held on Sunday in Teaneck, New Jersey.
In a statement, the U.S. State Department has said it has “worked to provide all appropriate consular assistance to the families. Out of respect to the families during this difficult time, we have no further comment.”