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Foul Play Ruled Out in Death of 21-year-old Man at Pemberton Music Festival

Published on July 19, 2014 by staff

Police tape surrounds the Founders campground area following the tragic death that took place at the festival. (courtesy Metro News) The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) secures the Founders campground area following the tragic death that took place at the festival. (courtesy Metro News)

pembertonvictimThe victim at the Pemberton Music Festival has been identified as 21-year-old Nick Phongsavath (pictured left) of Regina. Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) Sgt. Jennifer Pound told the Global News, “As a result of evidence found at the scene, witness statements and the autopsy completed on Nick Phongsavath, it has been determined that Foul play is not a contributing factor in his death.”

Early in the investigation, the IHIT (@HomicideTeam) had deemed the tragic event “suspicious” and had questioned some of the festival-goers. The campgrounds were heavily monitored for much of the weekend so that the Pemberton RCMP could carry out their investigation into the victim’s death.

A statement from the Pemberton Music Festival said, “we are deeply saddened by the tragic incident.” It went on to note the festival, “was created in the spirit of community and friendship…we remind everyone to look after their neighbours, report any concerns to security and help continue to make our event a safe and positive experience for everyone.”

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