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Pot, alcohol are found in victim

June 04, 2008|From the Associated Press

The medical examiner says a teenager who was killed by an escaped zoo tiger six months ago had marijuana and alcohol in his system.

The toxicology report released Monday is included with an autopsy that concluded that 17-year-old Carlos Sousa Jr. was killed by "blunt-force injuries of the head and neck."

Two of Sousa's friends were seriously injured when a 250-pound Siberian tiger escaped its enclosure at the San Francisco Zoo on Christmas Day.

Michael Cardoza, a lawyer for the Sousa family, said it was irrelevant whether the teenager was drinking or smoking pot before he was mauled. The family is suing the city. The wall surrounding the tiger's enclosure was found to be 4 feet lower than recommended standards.

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