Police are investigating the death of a Lubbock teen, following an incident in the Lakeridge area over the weekend. A 9-1-1 call on Friday night reported that 16-year-old Thomas Mallory had suffered a possible drug overdose.
Sources tell NewsChannel 11 that Mallory was congregating with friends on property belonging to Lakeridge United Methodist Church. He reportedly took a pill thought to be Ecstasy, but it may have been laced with more potent drugs. Within minutes, Mallory became violently ill. His friends took him to a nearby house near Lakeridge golf course. The reportedly gave him a shower, food and fluids in an effort to reduce the effects of the drug.
Later, the teens moved Mallory to the golf course and police say they called 9-1-1 around 11:30 Friday night. When help arrived, police say the group scattered.
EMS took Mallory to University Medical Center shortly before midnight Friday. On Sunday, his family removed life support.
Thomas Mallory was entering his Junior year at Coronado High School, and a member of the tennis team. His friends say he was a straight A student, and active at his church.
Police say they cannot confirm Mallory died from ingesting a drug. Right now, they say this is strictly a death investigation. "If he overdosed, was it suicide, or accidental? We don't believe anyone held him down and forced it down his throat, so those are things to look at and determine what led to his death," explains Chief Thomas Esparza with the Lubbock Police Department.
Mallory's autopsy is schedule for Tuesday morning. In the meantime, police are seeking information from the group of teens with Mallory on Friday night. They need the help of those juveniles to confirm the events that led to Mallory's death.
|Courts & Crime|