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Festival Death at Backwoods Music Festival Being Treated as Possible Homicide

When you group together thousands of people in sprawling open fields for music festivals, insanity is bound to ensue. As much as a festival can prepare for all instances of crowd control, unfortunate events still occur. From a naked man being found in a forest days after TomorrowWorld ended to a security guard getting trampled in a bum rush from a fence breach at Ultra with a fatal result, freak accidents continue to shock us all.

This past weekend, a possible homicide may have occurred at Backwoods Music Festival on Saturday, September 5th. Festival-goer Patrick Murphy was pronounced dead after being taken to nearby hospital and detained for “erratic behavior”, where he then allegedly stopped breathing. The 34-year old attended the Oklahoma festival with his 64-year old father, where he spent the last few days of his life.

Because the suspicious circumstances surrounding his death as well as a history with suspicious incidences occurring with security at Backwoods Music Festival, Patrick's death is being treated as a possible homicide by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. In a previous year of the festival, a security guard attacked the tour manager of the band FYER with a knife, causing them to cancel their set. All investigations are still ongoing. It's a shame such serious incidences continue to occur in places where music fans come to gather in celebration of such positive things, music and life.

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