Drug overdose at Noctural Wonderland music festival in San Bernardino leaves mom looking for answers

SAN BERNARDINO, California (KABC) — A heartbroken mother shares a warning to other parents after her son died of a drug overdose at a popular music festival in San Bernardino.

Eli Rodriguez, 27, collapsed on Saturday while attending the Nocturnal Wonderland festival with friends at Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino.

His mother believes he died after taking drugs — possibly mixed with something more potent — at the festival, but an autopsy is still pending to determine his cause of death and what substances were in his system.

Now Marcy Rodriguez is desperate for information and frustrated that none of her questions are answered.

“I felt like I was a stranger looking into someone else’s life that I couldn’t get any information about,” she told Eyewitness News.

“The bottom line is, where does it come from? Where does it come from? Who distributes this? Who spends it?”

The Nocturnal Wonderland festival is now 27 years old and has been held in the park since 2013. It offers an array of electronic music acts, light shows, vendor booths, and other performances.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that officers responded to a report of an overdose during the event and that a man was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Further details of the investigation were not immediately available.

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Marcy Rodriguez hopes the investigation is thorough and looks at who supplied the drugs. At the moment, she is not getting any answers from her son’s friends or investigators.

“I honestly want an investigation. But I want it to go beyond just the surface of everything. I want it to go beyond the distributors and stuff. Process.”

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