Dallas police are trying to figure out what happened after a teen took some unknown tablets and ended up jumping to his death on Central Expressway.
Damian Garcia was a Booker T. Washington High senior and played the cello on a level considered highly advanced. The teenager died last Friday about 12:45 p.m., a time when his parents confirm he should have been at school.
Police say he was at Northpark Center with other students when he took unknown tablets and had a reaction that caused him to behave erratically. Witnesses say Garcia removed his clothes and ran near Central Expressway. He eventually jumped from the Northwest Highway bridge to his death.
FOX4 has learned paramedics were called to the Booker T. Washington High School campus the very same day. Dallas Fire Rescue said it responded to a call regarding a different student who was and treated for an overdose. It’s unknown what substance Garcia and the other student took.
For years Garcia had been mentored by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He auditioned when he was 11-years-old and earned a role with the orchestra’s 'Young Strings' program.
"He was one of those magical students who not only had a lot of natural talent but worked incredibly hard, so teachers loved to work with him because he always wanted to improve himself,” said the DSO’s Jamie Allen.
Police said their investigation into the death is still ongoing and they are awaiting results of toxicology tests.