24-year-old identified in death at Juggalo gathering
UPDATE: The Hardin County, Illinois coroner says Cory Collins died at the campground Friday.
HARDIN COUNTY, Ill.—An annual music festival turns deadly in Southern Illinois. Nearly ten thousand fans of the rap-metal group Insane Clown Posse are camping at Hog Rock in Cave-In-Rock, Illinois for the outdoor music festival. Despite a 24-year-old's death, the Juggalos are still raging on.
Neighbors nearby said every year there is a death and the annual event brings fear to their lives and community. Buck Simmons lives nearby and said, "It's a bad situation. If my ancestors know what's going on up there, they wouldn't believe what was going on up there. I don't know anything we can do about it."
So far at Hog Rock campsite, there has been ten suspected overdoses, six arrests, and one death and it those incidents contribute to the community's fear.
Simmons said, "I don't exactly feel safe, but I just have to put up with it I guess."
That is the only option Simmons has because despite the tragedy yesterday, the Juggalo's are partying on.
The Hardin County Sheriff's Department has their hands full and one deputy said he was too busy to talk. Buck said, "I understand that they're having a lot of trouble up there at this time." eputies said they were too busy to talk to me today.
But, Simmons said even the patrols are not enough to make him feel safe. Simmons said, "I've got my own protection."
The official cause of death will not be released until toxicology reports come back in two weeks.