Gracie Rodriguez was supposed to be planning her daughter, Sasha's, 16th birthday party. Instead, she had to plan her funeral. The teen died after attending the Electric Daisy Carninval in June, and her death ignited an intense discussion on whether raves should be banned.
Dr. Phil offers his condolences to Gracie. "You didn't know she was going," he notes. "In fact, you specifically said, â€˜Do not go.'"
"She already had known it was not OK. Me and her dad said no," Gracie replies. "She had done a typical teenager move and lied to both parents. So she went, and I had no idea until I got a phone call at 3:00 in the morning."
"There was a couple hundred thousand people there, and I understand it took them 20 minutes to get to her, and then it took 20 minutes to get two miles to a hospital because this was so congested and so intensely packed," Dr. Phil observes. "She was not old enough to go to this."
"No," Gracie replies. The age limit for the rave was 16.
"Has anybody said how she got in?" Dr. Phil asks.
"I've gotten different views, but she did walk in. There was no carding," Gracie answers.
Dr. Phil turns to Gracie's attorney, Paul. "What's going on here?" he asks.
"Sasha Rodriguez got down to the Coliseum, where there were 185,000 people. She was admitted without ever checking her ID. If they had, they would have turned her away," the attorney explains.
"Did she take drugs there?" Dr. Phil asks Gracie.
"From my understanding, it was given to her. She wasn't aware," she responds. "It was ecstasy."