Two have died and 20 were hospitalized after Friday’s Washington, D.C., stop on Diplo’s Mad Decent Block Party tour.
According to ABC affiliate WMAR, Tyler Fox Viscardi, 20, from Raleigh, North Carolina, was pronounced dead at 9 p.m. on Friday after leaving the Merriweather Post Pavilion, and Sunday night, a 17-year-old attendee died of a drug overdose. In addition to the 20 hospitalizations, there were 50 citations for underage drinking and three arrests.
Mad Decent label head Diplo addressed the incident on Twitter.
Our hearts go out to everyone impacted by yesterday’s event. We are saddened by the news.
— MAD DECENT (@maddecent) August 2, 2014
our hearts go out to everyone impacted by yesterday’s event. we are truly devastated.
— somebody to lean on (@diplo) August 2, 2014
Diplo had performed at the show on Friday alongside acts such as Sleigh Bells, Flux Pavilion and Wolfgang Gartner.
Venue operator Seth Hurtwitz has also released a statement offering his condolences and addressing the growing issue of drug abuse at concerts and festivals.
“Our hearts go out to the family as they face the unimaginable. As a parent, it makes me horribly sad beyond words to think of a tragedy like this. We can spend every minute of the day making perfect sense to our children regarding the obvious perils of drugs, but sometimes it is impossible to convince them that this is relevant to their world. Youth feel invulnerable. Some refuse to believe they could be affected.
This drug epidemic is no longer confined to specific demographics, or time of day, or geography, or lifestyle. It’s just everywhere and, and unfortunately, this generation of teens and 20-somethings has not learned this lesson yet. It’s just heartbreaking. This particular type of incident is not the problem of those who should have known better…it’s the problem of those too young to believe it could happen to them. Sadly we find ourselves in the classic position of trying to tell kids not to do something they think is fun.”