Second arrest in Orinda house party death


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Orinda police have arrested a second teenager, a 16-year-old related to the death of Miramonte High School sophomore Joe Loudon.

Loudon was found passed out at a party at an Orinda home Saturday night. He later died at a Walnut Creek hospital.

An autopsy was completed, but the Contra Costa coroner must wait six to eight weeks for a toxicology report to determine exactly how Loudon died.

Over the weekend, the party host, 18-year-old Patrick Gabrielli was arrested and charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Now, police say another boy, an unidentified 16-year-old, faces the same charges.

In the meantime, students at Miramonte High School returned from the long weekend. Many of them wore black or school colors to honor Loudon.

While counselors here at Miramonte High School help students through their grief, parents in the larger community talk with their kids about the potential pitfalls of too much partying.

"You wonder, what did the parents think their kids were doing that night? I think it's really hard as a parent to know how much to let them do, and how much to keep them protected," said parent Wendy Scheck.

"Empowering a child with education is probably the best thing you can do. Don't stick them in the closet when it comes to alcohol and drugs. Tell them, this is what happens, it ruins people's lives," said Nick Coulter from Moraga.

Police are still trying to track the source of all the alcohol served at the party where Loudon died, which could lead to more arrests.

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