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Teen who died at Merriweather identified

The teenager who died of a suspected drug overdose after a concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion over the weekend has been identified by officials at his Virginia high school.

Daniel Anders, 17, a rising senior at C.D. Hylton High School in Woodbridge, Va., was identified in a letter released to students as the person who died Sunday evening after attending the Mad Decent Block Party music festival on Friday.

Police did not identify Anders, but Hylton principal David J. Cassady Jr. said in a letter that the teen was "an important part of the Hylton High School Community" and member of the school's choir.

Cassady said a candlelight vigil is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the school at 14051 Spriggs Road.

Police are awaiting autopsy results for Anders and Tyler Fox Viscardi, 20, of Raleigh, N.C., who also died. Nineteen other concertgoers were hospitalized during the day-long event.

Police are awaiting test results to determine what substances Anders, Viscardi and others might have ingested. Police said the drug MDMA, also known as Molly, a drug popular at electronic dance music concerts, was most commonly used at the event.

Baltimore fire officials said this week that they are preparing for this weekend's Moonrise Festival at Pimlico Race Course, which will feature similar electronic dance music artists.

The department will have a "robust deployment," including more than four dozen EMTs and two physicians staffed during the concert, as well as "cooling and hydration stations to minimize the occurrence of medical emergencies related to hyperthermia," said fire spokesman Ian Brennan.

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman said he met with public safety officials on Monday, asking them to investigate practices at the Columbia venue.

jkanderson@baltsun.com

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