Teens Come Forward in Overdose Investigation - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/14/05

Teens Come Forward in Overdose Investigation

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Lubbock teens are starting to go to police with information on the death of their friend. Sixteen year-old Thomas Mallory was entering his junior year at Coronado High School. On Friday night, he reportedly became violently ill after taking ecstasy in the parking lot behind Lakeridge United Methodist Church. Sources say the drug may have been laced with more potent substances.

Friends reportedly took Mallory to a home near the Lakeridge golf course, put him in the shower and tried to give him fluids. They eventually called 9-1-1 and moved him to the golf course to wait for emergency crews. Mallory later died at University Medical Center.

The investigation is ongoing so they can't release much, but the police department is getting a good response. Apparently out of the teens who have come forward with information, their stories are matching up. However, they still need more witnesses to come forward. Police emphasize it's the right thing to do, no one will be thrown in jail and parents can accompany their children.

In the meantime, police are sifting through information to distinguish truth from rumor. Assistant Chief Thomas Esparza says, "There's lots of rumors involved in this case and we're receiving a lot of information third, fourth and fifth hand so we're just trying to backtrack all this information and get to the source to find out what happened."

An autopsy on Thomas Mallory is complete, a cause of death however is not being released. Investigators are awaiting toxicology reports and that could take two or three weeks.

6/14/05
9-1-1 Tapes Reveal New Information in Death of Coronado Teen
NewsChannel 11 obtains the 9-1-1 transcript that gives details into the night a Lubbock teen took Ecstasy.

NewsChannel 11 has gained access to the 9-1-1 call made just after 11 O'clock the night Mallory was rushed to the hospital. It contains new information confirming at least four people were with Mallory when the call was made and they were trying to help him.

The tape goes as follows:

Caller: I just need an ambulance here, if you could please do that for me. I really don't want to talk about this. I just want an ambulance here, please, please.

Dispatcher: All right, well, listen it's very important you try to keep him calm and comfortable. Okay?

Caller: All right, we're trying to. He's posted up on my leg. He's sitting up. I mean we have him posted up. It's just, I mean we've been trying. We've been fighting with him and he's... up on us... they said he overdosed on ecstasy."

Again, police are urging anyone who has information about what happened to come forward. Kids have come forward with information on where they got the drugs that night. At least in this case, NewsChannel 11 has learned the name of the dealer and where he deals, but we cannot release the name because police tell us this is all part of their ongoing investigation.

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