Police Believe Panorama City Teen Died of "Alcohol intoxication" After Binge Drinking Party
The Los Angeles Police Department's Mission Area detectives have released a statement regarding their investigation into the death of 17-year-old Salvador Preciado, an athlete and student at Panorama High School who was found dead following a night of drinking at a party.
Authorities say they believe Preciado's death is "alcohol related," specifically that the teen likely died of "alcohol intoxication," according to the LAPD. "The exact cause of death will not be determined until the Coroner’s investigation and toxicology reports are completed, which could take eight to twelve weeks," note authorities.
Preciado had been at a party Friday night with several friends. After falling down, his friends took him to another friend's home with the hopes the boy would sleep it off. However, when his mother arrived to pick him up the following morning, she found Preciado dead where he lay, having possibly choked on his own vomit.
The LAPD do not suspect foul play in Preciado's death.
Today in school, students wore black, many sporting Preciado's number 77 from the Python football team. "You really were a BIG part of [P]anorama," wrote one of Preciado's classmates on Facebook. "[It's] not gonna be the same without you. You always managed to bring the best out of people and for that you will never be forgotten."