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A 22-year-old woman who died last week after apparently taking ecstasy at the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas and falling more than 20 stories from her Circus Circus hotel room had ties to Lake Stevens, according to Facebook.
The Electric Daisy Carnival is a three-day electronic music gathering, this year held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The Las Vegas Review Journal reports the McCaughan family was in Scottsdale, Ariz. for a memorial service Saturday, not surprisingly "still devastated by the news almost a week later."
The Review-Journal spoke to Mignonne Walstad, described as a family friend and spokesman for the McCaughans, who stressed that although drugs were at the root of this tragedy, that Emily McCaughan was not a regular drug user.
From the Review-Journal:
McCaughan believed that a man was stalking her, and she wanted to leave the festival early, Walstad said.
"Her girlfriends from the group tried to console her and calm her down and reassure her that no one is here looking at us," she said.
But McCaughan only became more agitated. Friends took her to EDC security guards and asked them to call a cab.
The friends allowed McCaughan to ride alone back to Circus Circus, a fact that still bothers Walstad.
"A friend never leaves a friend," she said. "And they left her."
Back at her hotel room, the tragedy continued to unfold according to Walstad and the Review Journal.
More from the Review-Journal:
[McCaughan] began sending Facebook messages to her friends at the festival begging for help, writing that "they haven't come for me yet."
McCaughan had attempted to barricade the door and had removed the SIM card from her phone so she couldn't be tracked, Walstad said.
Her friends received McCaughan's terrified messages and gathered their crew to return to the hotel. The process took about an hour, Walstad said.
By the time they got back, McCaughan had disappeared. Hotel security initiated a search and later found her body.
The petite woman appeared to have squeezed through the window bars in her hotel room.
As has been reported by LA Weekly, McCaughan's death was one of at least two in Las Vegas connected to the Electronic Daisy Carnival. A 31-year-old party-goer from Florida died after being hit by a truck leaving the festival on the morning of June 11, spending a week in the hospital before succumbing to his injuries. Reports indicate the man had been drinking at the time of the accident.
The Electric Daisy Carnival's L.A.-based promoter, Insomniac Events, provided this statement to LA Weekly on the deaths:
We are deeply saddened by the two tragedies that occurred last week in Las Vegas outside of Electric Daisy Carnival. Our sincere condolences go out the family and friends of the two individuals.
Electric Daisy Carnival, in many respects, is one of the safest places to be in Las Vegas during the event weekend's operating hours. With law enforcement, private security teams, and fully staffed medical facilities housing doctors, nurses and emergency medical personnel, the venue functions like a small city.
It is a known fact that individuals who choose to partake in illicit drug behavior may suffer unexpected tragic consequences. All Insomniac festivals have a zero-tolerance policy against such behavior as well as a strictly enforced 18+ age restriction.
In the case of the gentleman hit by a vehicle on Las Vegas Blvd, he was in the care of two trauma doctors within minutes of the accident - a response time otherwise unheard of had he not been within close proximity of our venue and medical facilities.
The two tragedies occurred beyond the festival's walls as well as beyond Insomniac's control and these incidents will not threaten the future of EDC in Las Vegas. We hope that our fans carefully consider the decisions they make and how those decisions impact their own safety and the wellbeing of those around them.