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Waianae family shares pain after death of young woman at rave

KAKAAKO, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An apparent drug overdose at a Halloween party has claimed the life of a young woman from Leeward Oahu.

Amber Morgan, 20, was a hairstylist and the oldest of three siblings. Her friends say they had taken ecstasy and other drugs the night she died.

ER doctors told Morgan's family there was nothing they could do to save her life. So now her family is speaking out, hoping by telling their story, it'll prevent it from happening to someone else.

They said Morgan was found unconscious at this year's Haunted Wonderland at the Groove in Kakaako the night of October 25th. Her friends told the family she had taken a cocktail of drugs including ecstasy, marijuana and cocaine that night. Morgan was rushed to the hospital where she later died.

Events like these used to be called "raves." Now they've evolved to EDM or Electronic Dance Music.

"As hesitant as we was to do this story, this is the reason why...to put a voice to a tragic, the tragedy that happened to our family," said “Mama Darcie” Damaso, who helped raise Amber.

Damaso says Morgan was a very vibrant young woman and full of life. And she fears there is not enough awareness out there about these types of events.

“Parents, grandparents, mamas and papas need to be aware of the things that go on. Also, that education of what taking this, what it can do to your body," Damaso said.

Doctors told Amber's family her body temperature had reached 108 degrees the night she died.

Honolulu police say ecstasy pills have different potency levels. The drug may cause dehydration and high body temperatures. An overdose can cause loss of consciousness, liver or heart damage, even death.

Rachel Clute, 19, died in March 2012 while attending an EDM event hosted by the same promoter at the Water Park, Wonderland Entertainment Group. Law enforcement sources told us back then they suspected ecstasy use contributed to her death too.

The Honolulu Police Department issued this statement:

“Plainclothes officers have attended EDM events and made drug arrests. Promoters are not required to hire special duty officers. We encourage parents to talk to their kids about the risks of drugs. People who take these kinds of drugs don't realize that they're putting themselves in danger.”

Wonderland Entertainment Group issued this statement:

“We are saddened to learn that a guest who attended our event has passed away, and our condolences go out to the family of the young woman. The safety and well-being of our patrons at our events is our first priority. We are working closely with HPD and are cooperating fully with all authorities with regard to this situation.”

Morgan's family isn't pointing fingers at anyone. They said if they can save just one life, telling their story would be worth it.

"Although it's a very, very sensitive situation for all of us, we needed to come forward because we needed to put a voice, a picture, a story behind something so tragic," said Damaso.

Morgan's family is still waiting for official autopsy results. Toxicology reports could take at least seven more weeks.

A celebration of life for Amber will be held at Mililani Mauka Chapel on Saturday, January 10, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

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