POLICE have launched an investigation after two people died and 11 were hospitalized after falling ill at a music festival in San Diego.
Medical staff at the scene said revelers became unwell for “unknown reasons” during the Nocturnal Wonderland music, dance and arts festival in San Bernardino, California.
Two of those people were later pronounced dead, according to sheriff officials.
No other deaths were reported.
One of those who died was reportedly Eli Gillespie-Rodriguez, 27, from Montebello, who his family says attended the music festival before his death.
His mother, Marcellina Rodriguez, allegedly told FOX11 that her son went to the festival with friends, where she claims he either bought drugs or gave them to them.
While the man’s aunt, Monica Rodriguez Espinoza, said Rodriguez died on September 17 – a day after the festival began – because she believed she accidentally ingested a drug fortified with fentanyl.
“We know that Eli had a great love for life and his family,” Espinoza told the outlet.
“He would never have done anything on purpose to lose any of it.”
Mercilla Rodriguez later described her son as a loving man who was a “protector” of people.
According to the police, the dead have yet to be officially identified.
The claims come after sheriff’s deputies arrested several festival-goers on suspicion of rape, spousal abuse, domestic violence, public intoxication and petty theft.
They also served a subpoena for possession of a controlled substance, the sheriff’s officer said.
Official figures suggest 70,000 revelers attended the four-day event, which began on September 16.
And police have urged anyone with information about what happened at the festival to contact the Sheriff’s Department through the EDM Taskforce at Central Station at 909-387-3545.
Callers who wish to remain anonymous can also contact the We-Tip hotline at 800-78-CRIME (27463).
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