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Girl who died after L.A. rave didn't tell family she was going, spokesman says

July 3, 2010 |  7:04 pm
The family of a 15-year-old girl who died after a rave at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum last weekend did not know she was going to attend the event, a family spokesman said.

Sasha Rodriguez's relatives remain in mourning and are still trying to piece together the series of events that led to her death. They have been stung by criticism from people who believe that Sasha's parents permitted her to go to the Electric Daisy Carnival, a massive dance party where the minimum age for attendance without a legal guardian was supposed to be 16.

The spokesman said neither Sasha's mother nor father knew of her plans. It was not until they were contacted and told she was at California Hospital Medical Center that they learned she had attended a rave, the spokesman said.

According to the spokesman, the family friend who told The Times on Tuesday -- shortly after Sasha's family removed her from life support -- that her parents knew she was going to attend her first rave had intended to say only that to their knowledge, the rave was Sasha's first.

The Los Angeles County coroner's office said Friday that Sasha's case has been deferred and an official cause of death would not be available for six to eight weeks.

Friends held a bake sale at the Alessandro Elementary School in Silver Lake this weekend to help Grace Rodriguez, Sasha's mother, with funeral costs.

Scores of people who attended the rave required medical attention for drug intoxication. Coliseum officials have announced a temporary ban on new contracts with rave operators as they consider whether to allow another such event.

-- Sarah Ardalani 

Photo: Sasha Rodriguez. Credit: Rodriguez family