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Teens tried to revive South Pasadena student but 'he was not responsive'

December 14, 2009 | 12:24 pm

The father of a girl who was in the car with the South Pasadena High School student who died after attending a party said the teens tried to administer CPR to the boy but that "he was not responsive."

Andy Lee of South Pasadena said the teenagers came to his home Saturday night after the party in Altadena to drop off his daughter. But they realized he was not breathing and pulled him out of the car, administering CPR  to him on the parkway outside their house, Lee said.

As soon as they realized the CPR was not working, they immediately called 911, Lee said.

Lee said the teens were "frantic and crying" and had believed Aydin Salek was sleeping because he was snoring in the car as they drove from Altadena to South Pasadena.

Salek, who would have turned 18 today, attended the Facebook-advertised party Saturday in Altadena from about 9 p.m. to about 10:45 p.m., leaving with four friends.

Paramedics and the South Pasadena Police Department responded to the call from the Lee home, and Salek's parents met up with the ambulance there, Lee said.

Salek was taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, where he was pronounced dead at 12:13 a.m. Sunday.

Police said the party was advertised on Facebook and was hosted by an 18-year-old girl whose parents were not home. Apparently, the girl had gotten in touch with party promoters who use Facebook to advertise parties, police said.

Police said today that both the host of the party and the promoters may be subject to investigation. Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies later broke up the party.

"As we deal with this tragic situation, we ask for sensitivity in the form of rumor control," the South Pasadena Unified School District said in a statement on its website this morning. "Any pertinent information will be shared with students and adults as it comes to our attention."

Students met Sunday evening and set up a memorial for Salek on the campus. Salek was the student representative on the board of trustees for the 4,000-student school district, as well as a student leader and writer for the newspaper at South Pasadena High.

-- Jill Leovy in South Pasadena

Photo: A South Pasadena High School student writes a note Monday afternoon on a growing memorial for Aydin Salek, the 17-year-old senior who died after attending a weekend party. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times