University of New Hampshire student Olivia Rotondo, 20, died Saturday at Metropolitan Hospital in New York City after attending the Electric Zoo music festival on Randall's Island. NYPD detectives have reportedly launched a homicide probe into the deaths of Rotondo and Syracuse University graduate Jeff Russ, 23.
In total two people died, a 16-year-old girl was raped, at least four people were hospitalized in critical condition after apparent drug overdoses, and police made thirty-one arrests as a result of the event. The Randall's Island Park Alliance receives a large fee from the event. (Image: FACEBOOK)
The NYPD is assisting the New York City Health Department’s probe into two drug-fueled deaths that led to the cancellation of the final day of the Electric Zoo festival, according to the New York Daily News.
Jeffrey Russ, 23, a Syracuse University grad, and Olivia Rotondo, a 20-year-old student at the University of New Hampshire, died Saturday after being rushed to local hospitals.
Both took doses of MDMA, a powerful form of Ecstasy known as “molly,” at the Randalls Island dance music festival, cops said.
“The Department of Health did not want to see a reoccurrence on Sunday,” NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Monday of the cancellation.
Syracuse University graduate Jeff Russ, 23, died at Harlem Hospital on Saterday after attending the Electric Zoo music festival on Randall's Island in New York. (Image: FACEBOOK)
Electric Zoo, in its fifth year, draws more than 100,000 revelers.
Initial autopsies for both victims were inconclusive.
NYPD will help in probe of Electric Zoo drug deaths
Both of the people who died took doses of MDMA, a powerful form of Ecstasy known as 'molly,' at the dance music festival, cops said.
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