Many of you saw the KCAL report on the death of Pablo Mendoza at this past Moontribe event. Their report seemed a lot more fair than reports by other stations, mainly Fox 11 here in LA. Only flaw I saw was when John Abel’s mother called desert promoters money hungry. The promoters of Dune and Full Moon Gathering are the complete opposite of that. Again, our sympathies go out to the parents of Pablo Mendoza.
As many of us know, an individual died this past weekend at Moontribe’s Full Moon Gathering. The circumstances revolving this incident are sketchy at this point, but a little is known. The individual, Pablo Mendoza, was an 18 year old student at Brooks College. He fell off a cliff and plummeted down to the rocky bottom. Rumors say that he waved “bye” when he jumped. No one knows if he was on drugs or what drugs he was on.
In the meantime, local Los Angeles TV station, KCAL 9, has gotten wind of this incident and is planning to air a slanderous news report on Thursday. (2/4/99) Our scene got plenty of bad publicity last summer due to deaths and more is on the way. The way the mass media portrays our scene in Los Angeles is ridiculous. They say that five people have died at previous Moontribe events, but I hear that this is the first death they’ve encountered. KCAL goes and calls these “Killer Raves.” Hopefully, their report along with others in the future won’t have any reprecussions in our use of outdoor venues, unlike the incident last summer at Dune IV.