A South Florida family is looking for answers after a young fan was found dead in a car near the Ultra Music Festival. The death is now prompting more questions about the festival's future.
Downtown Miami is no longer vibrating to Ultra's beat, but the fallout from the three-day electronic dance music festival continues.
Twenty-one-year-old Adonis Peña Escoto was found dead near the downtown venue. His family said he had attended the festival beforehand.
The victim's uncle, Luis Escoto said, "My brother cries... say, 'What happened?' He says, 'Oh, Adonis.' I say, 'Oh, Adonis, what happened with Adonis?' 'Adonis passed away.'"
The death follows reports that a female security guard was trampled by a gate-rushing, ticket-less mob last Friday.
"From an eyewitness, the fence was actually knocked down on top of her, trapped her underneath. They ran right over her," said attorney Eric Isicoff, who represents the family of 28-year-old security guard Erica Mack. Mack tried unsuccessfully to stop the group from getting inside and instead was critically injured. Mack remains at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
"We told them that was unsecured, that they needed to secure it more appropriately," Miami Police Department Chief Manuel Orosa said in a news conference Monday. "Someone decided to change the plans at the last minute because the concession guy told them to or asked them to."
Orosa said his officers inspected Bayfront Park grounds and perimeter two hours before the concert started. Police had called for a taller and harder-to-climb gate in the spot of the trampling, but the gate never came, according to Orosa.
Now, City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado wants Ultra banned in his city.
"It's time to say goodbye," Regalado said.
But City of Miami Commissioner Frank Carollo disagrees.
"We need to analyze all the facts, and in the future have a healthy debate to see whether this event should stay or not," said Carollo.
Carollo is also the chairman for the board of Bayfront Park's trust. According to Miami officials, the Ultra Music Festival yields about $200 million.
The Mack family said they will conduct their own investigation before they decide whether they want to file a lawsuit.
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