Two murders and 14 shootings occur at wild ‘fusion’ gatherings in county; teens take drugs and drink alcohol; three suspects in custody, says sheriff
Madera County Sheriff John Anderson announced on Monday the capture of a man suspected of killing two attendees at illegal parties.
Twenty-year-old Esteven David Rodriguez, also known as “Nene,” was arrested on Sunday and charged with the murder of Drakkar Lewis, 18.
Lewis was gunned down nearly two months ago as he was leaving a fusion party, a term youth coined to identify large, non-permitted gatherings where alcohol and narcotics are served to minors. Males pay a cover charge to enter while females are admitted free to the private gatherings, usually held in rural, unincorporated areas of the county.
Fusion parties are publicized via social media and locations only made available to would-be guests through text messaging, Anderson said. Since January, two deaths and several injuries resulted from at least 14 shootings at these large gatherings, (consisting of at least 100 girls and boys generally between the ages of 16 and 22), where alcohol and drugs are consumed by revelers...