Victims of carbon monoxide poisoning at Faster Horses identified

Published: Jul. 19, 2021 at 12:56 PM EDT
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BROOKYLN, Mich. (WILX) - A woman was found dead at around 7:30 Saturday morning at Faster Horses, a music festival in Brooklyn, MI. In addition, three men were found dead and two men were hospitalized due to carbon monoxide poisoning at the festival on the same day.

Police have identified the woman as 30-year-old Melissa Donna Havens of Croswell, MI. Police say the cause of death is unknown at this time, though Michigan State Police (MSP) are looking for a person of interest in the incident. According to MSP, a black male in his 30′s with short black hair, short beard and wearing a gray hoodie was with Havens 24 hours before she died.

Lenawee County Sheriff’s Investigators have identified the deceased victims of the carbon monoxide exposure as Dawson Brown, 20-year-old from Michigan Center, Michigan; Kole Sova, 19-year-old from Jackson, Michigan and William Mays II, 20-year-old from Jackson, Michigan. The surviving victims who are currently in critical condition are identified as Rayfield Johnson, 20-year-old from Jackson, Michigan and Kurtis Stitt, 20-year-old male from Hesperia, Michigan.

According to Lenawee County Sheriff’s Office, the friend of the five men who were unresponsive called 911 after they had not heard from the men. They were at a campground near the festival.

Faster Horses released a statement saying:

“All of us in the Faster Horses Festival Family are deeply saddened by the tragic losses this weekend, as confirmed by the Lenawee County Sheriff’s department. We will continue to stay in close contact with The Lenawee County Sheriff and all other Law enforcement agencies, and follow their lead regarding any and all information as it is officially confirmed. Our hearts are broken for the families, friends and loved ones.”

According to a Facebook post, a candlelight vigil will be held at the Michigan Center Football Field on Monday to commemorate those who lost their lives while attending the Faster Horses Festival in Brooklyn.

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