West Edmonton Mall shuts down youth event 3 weeks after teen death from ecstasy

EDMONTON — West Edmonton Mall has shut down a popular teen event less than three weeks after a 14-year-old girl died from an ecstasy overdose after attending the party.

EDMONTON — West Edmonton Mall has shut down a popular teen event less than three weeks after a 14-year-old girl died from an ecstasy overdose after attending the party.

Though mall workers have confirmed Rock n’ Ride for June has been scrapped, a spokesman could not be reached for comment as to why the decision was made.

The mall has maintained that the monthly party in Galaxyland — aimed at the 12- to 17-year-old crowd — is safe, but many teens say drug use at the event is rampant.

Two 14-year-old girls were taken to hospital from Rock n’ Ride after taking ecstasy on April 24.

Cassie Eyre died several days later after she was taken off life support while the other girl made a full recovery.

In March, two teenage girls died after taking ecstasy at a wedding celebration on the Paul First Nation west of Edmonton.

Trinity Dawn Bird, 15, and Leah Dominique House, 14, spent two days in critical condition in an Edmonton hospital before they were taken off life support within hours of each other.

Another girl was treated and released from hospital.

A 16-year-old boy from the Paul First Nation has been charged with trafficking and criminal negligence causing death.

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