Tragedy Strikes at Mad Decent Block Party: 1 Dead, 1 Critical, 20 Hospitalized


Tragedy Strikes at Mad Decent Block Party, among many other local new outlets in our nation’s capital, have reported one man dead, and another teenager in critical condition, following the all day “block party” that took place at the Merriweather Post Pavilion. The Mad Decent Block Party made its third stop of its 2014 campaign in Columbia, Maryland yesterday, and featured a slew of popular electronic music talent including: Cashmere Cat, Dillon Francis, Flux Pavilion, Wolfgang Gartner, and of course Diplo.

Tyler Fox Viscardi, 20, of Raleigh, N.C., was taken to a local hospital just after 9 P.M. Friday, Howard County Police say. He was pronounced dead a short time later. According to officials, his death appeared to be drug-related, however, an official determination is yet to be made on what drugs were actually in Mr. Viscardi’s system at the time.

In total, 20 people were hospitalized following the block party festivities-many believed to be drug related- and one 17 year old boy from Woodbridge, VA remains in critical condition, officials say.

During the event, police also issued 50 citations for under-age drinking and made 3 arrests. Those arrests included: an assault on a police officer, domestic assault, and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

As Mad Decent Block Party continues along on its 22 stop tour across the nation, we can only hope that similar incidents like this do not happen again. Stay tuned as more information should be released on the Washington D.C. incident in the coming days.