The statistics that came in for Tampa’s Sunset Music Festival are not favorable for anybody involved, including 57 hospital transports, 33 arrests, and two deaths. The two victims were 21 and 22, and the suspected cause of death was a drug overdose. Dr. Tamas Peredy, an employee of the Poison Control center, urges festival goers to be careful of what they may buy. “I think people need to realize when they buy something called Molly, it would be like walking into the store and buying soda and not knowing what was in the bottle.” The Mayor of the community urges the promoters of the show to provide some help in terms of education, saying they may not be fully in control of the actions of their patrons, but could have a huge impact on their health.
The festival sent this statement to WFLA
“The health, safety and welfare of our fans and community is Sunset Music Festival’s first priority and we take every measure to create a safe environment at our events. Any loss of life is a tragedy and we extend our deepest heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of those affected. Due to the ongoing investigation by the medical examiner’s office, Sunset will not issue additional comments at this time.”
A spokesperson for the Tampa Sports Authority, which manages Raymond James Stadium, released the following statement:
“We have received this information as you have through the Tampa Police Department’s release. We extend our condolences to these families for their loss. We will continue to work with the promoters of the Sunset Music Festival and local life safety agencies to provide the safest environment possible for their attendees.”