BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) – Former teachers of a 19-year-old New Hampshire woman who died following a concert at Boston's House of Blues remembered the teen as "quiet" and "hardworking."
Brittany Flannigan, of Derry, was one of three people who were transported to hospitals suffering from apparent overdoses at the House of Blues early Wednesday morning. Flannigan was pronounced dead a short time later.
Flannigan, a management student at Plymouth State University, graduated from Pinkerton Academy in New Hampshire in 2012.
"It was shocking, you never want to hear that about a student. It's the worst news you can get," said Jennifer Brown, Flannigan's former teacher. "It's not what I expected. She wasn't the type of kid I would have had that concern about."
Teachers described Flannigan as a quiet, hardworking kid who seemed to get along with just about everyone.
"Quiet but not impersonal. She seemed to get along with people and we had some really great conversations," said English teacher Joe Dion.
The House of Blues was voluntarily closed Wednesday, but was set to reopen Thursday night. According to The Boston Globe, the Boston Licensing Board wants to meet with the owners of the club to discuss what happened.
Police said the call came in at about 12:45 a.m. Wednesday after three people allegedly overdosed on an unknown substance. The other two, a man in his 20s and a 24-year-old woman, remain in serious condition at Beth Israel Hospital.
According to a report from the Boston Police Department, an ER nurse at Beth Israel Hospital told officers she found "two pink pills in the (second female) victim's right jean pocket and a small packet of a white powder substance in the victims bra." Police said the drugs were turned in as evidence and the woman was summonsed to Roxbury District Court for Possession of Class B and E Drugs.
All three people were attending a show headlined by DJ Zedd. That type of music has a reputation for drug use, especially the new form of ecstasy known as "Molly."
Officials say the three people involved did not know each other and now investigators are trying to determine how they ended up overdosing.
Toxicology tests on the victims are pending.
The House of Blues has faced violations in the past, but both instances involved alcohol being served to minors.
DJ Zedd canceled his concert Wednesday night, saying on Twitter "love and respect to those in pain right now. Our hearts go out to you." He later Tweeted "please, everyone, be responsible!"
Club spokesman Jay Anderson said in a statement that "the safety of our guests is our top priority" and expressed sympathy for the victim's family and friends. He said the club has been working with authorities.
Homicide detectives were working the case. Anyone with information is asked to call 617-343-4470.
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