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LAPD probes rave in connection with USC student's fall from six-story window

November 3, 2010 |  1:46 pm

A USC freshman remained in critical condition Wednesday, two days after falling six stories from his dorm room after attending a two-day electronic music festival.

LAPD Deputy Chief Pat Gannon said authorities continue to investigate any link to the rave event. It appeared that the student had consumed alcohol, marijuana and the psychotropic drug Ecstasy during two days of "hard partying" at an electronic music festival that had been held at the Shrine Auditorium on Saturday and Sunday, Halloween night, he said.

Witnesses told police there were large amounts of drugs being consumed at the event. But officials emphasized that they have not determined a direct connection between the rave and the student's fall.

The incident involving the 18-year-old male student, who was not identified, was reported Monday at 6 a.m. in a freshman dorm that abuts Jefferson Boulevard,  Gannon said.

He suffered multiple broken bones and internal injuries and was listed in critical condition at a local hospital. The victim's roommate told police that he was asleep when he heard the sound of the window screen being removed in the dorm room moments before he woke up and discovered that the victim had fallen out.


Such festivals have come under scrutiny since this summer, after a 15-year-old girl died of an overdose of Ecstasy at Exposition Park.

Police are still trying to determine what role, if any, those substances might have played in the incident and specifically, where the injured student may have obtained the drugs, Gannon said.

Investigators said there was no indication that the young man was depressed and it appeared that the fall was due to an accident or related to an altered state of consciousness.

According to the Daily Trojan, the victim fell from the Birnkrant Residential College building. He was pledging the Sigma Nu fraternity. “We’re staying by each other. Everyone’s really shooken up," Brian Huefner, the president of Sigma Nu, told the paper.

-- Andrew Blankstein