Connor Brandon One of Two Who Died at Mansfield's Identity Fest 2012
19-year-old Connor Brandon of Acton and 27-year-old Dominic Impelizzieri of Syracuse, N.Y. died after taking drugs at the "Identity Fest 2012," at the Mansfield Comcast Center, Thursday, July 26.
Boston.com reports that 19-year-old Connor Brandon's friends attempted to have an drug abuse intervention with him about six weeks prior to this incident but he was not ready for the treatment, according to his mother, Lisa Brandon. Brandon said her son had recently filled out an application for a treatment program at McLean Hospital.
“He was supposed to have his phone interview on Thursday, but he chose to go to this concert instead,” Brandon said in a quote from the Boston.com story. “One of his friends called him up to go, but he didn’t have the tools to say no yet.”
Connor was a student at University of California in San Diego and according to his mother, started using drugs his senior year at Acton-Boxborough Regional high School.
“People weren’t paying attention,” Brandon said in a quote from the Boston.com story. “And in a matter of 18 months, he was dead. We are not proud of this, but we need to raise awareness in our community that this is an epidemic among our young people.”
There were 45 people arrested on various charges, including 10 for drug possession, and 25 people for being under 21 in possession alcohol beverages. Three others were arrested for disorderly conduct, another for domestic assault and battery and five for possession of a forged registry document.
Mansfield Police Chief Arthur O'Neill said that there were many different types of drugs at the concert, including Ecstasy, LSD, PCP and marijuana. He added that at this particular show, there were parties distributing illegal drugs.
Police said in a statement that Brandon was reported dead on Friday morning at the Boston Medical Center from the effects of several illegal drugs and alcohol found in his system.