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Apex High student dies after drug party

Posted October 15, 2012
Updated October 16, 2012

— The Wake County District Attorney is considering additional charges against an Apex teenager who allegedly sold the drugs that killed a friend.

According to Apex police, Timothy Castaneda, 17, was partying with friends in the woods Oct. 6 behind the Beaver Creek Cinemas when he collapsed. Police estimate as many as a dozen teens may have been present at the party, but three remained with Castaneda until police arrived just before 2 a.m.

The trio, in separate interviews with police, said Castaneda called Ryan John Laches, who delivered LSD to the party. Castaneda took the drug and later, his friends said, he began "freaking out." 

In a call to 911, friends described Castaneda as "having a seizure," foaming and bleeding from the mouth. The caller told an emergency dispatcher that he had taken two hits of acid about 3 to 4 hours prior. 

Laches, 17, is charged with two counts of selling a controlled substance. According to Apex police, Laches, a senior, was arrested at Apex High School in March on a marijuana possession charge.

After Castaneda was hospitalized, police searched the home Laches shares with his parents, at 1006 Double Spring Court, in Apex, and seized a phone, a charger and some notes.

Castaneda died a week later. He was also a student at Apex High School.

A wake is planned Wednesday evening at Apex Funeral Home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Andrew The Apostle Catholic Church, 3008 Old Raleigh Road, with burial to follow in Wake Memorial Park.


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  • smegma Oct 25, 2012

    don't worry about the zombies on here Brian. us NORMAL adults on here know that your brother was a perfectly typical good kid. terribly sorry for your family's loss. even more sorry for the mindless comments some of these sheep are saying

  • smegma Oct 25, 2012

    "jms7469, something is very very wrong with all of this and a good kid is not described in the article I read. Loving parents @ 2am, are you kidding me?" -DaveTonyNC

    oh c'mon, get your head out of the clouds. and mind your own business. ALL.KIDS.SNEAK.OUT. PERIOD!! i'm sure the parents are great people. who are you to judge.

  • bacastaneda8390 Oct 25, 2012

    How can you guys say bad stuff about someone you don't know. You guys take what the news says and not what all of the friends and families say. You people are so ignorant. I am Brian, Tim's older brother. Let me start by telling you guys a little about Tim. He was a good kid and he was a good brother to me and Steven. He was not disrespectful to any of us or my parents at all. He had a lot of friends that he cared about and who cared so much about him. He did good in school and didn't ever get into trouble, and most importantly he was NOT a drug addict, he was just a normal teenager who wanted to have fun with his friends and it went the wrong way. He didn't know this would happen, if he knew that it would, i know he wouldn't have done it. Don't tell me that any of you people don't make mistakes, everyone makes mistakes, sometimes the cost is more than others. In this case its the worst.

  • must b crazy Oct 24, 2012

    All of the kids know who the dealers are in their own school. It's common knowledge. Wouldn't it be nice to out them in mass and eliminate them from the schools and preferably the community. Not the users, the ones that have taken it to the level of dealing. No punishment is too harsh for them. Kids or not they are destroying lives, and not just those that die. My heart goes out to Tim's family.

  • commonsense4 Oct 23, 2012

    "LSD can trigger the onset of schizophrenia. That's what happened to Syd Barrett and Peter Green.

    They had mental issues already!

  • commonsense4 Oct 23, 2012

    "The idea that making them legal so the problems associated with them will go away is fantasy."

    You hurt the black market where crime is and the drugs cut with all sorts of other stuff. You take revenue away from drug dealers. Wake up or go back to your fantasy world!

  • commonsense4 Oct 23, 2012

    vinylcarwraps is right on the money!

    That is reality but so many are in denial!

  • old school123 Oct 22, 2012

    Sorry to the family for their loss. Vinylcarwraps must think we should have all legal drugs. What about kids having enough respect for themselves not to take things that could possibly hurt them, drive too fast, or in general disobey any law that they disagree with. We are living in a society that any illegal activity is ok as long as you don't get caught. This child's life should have never had to be taken so soon.

  • jms7469 Oct 22, 2012

    Timmy IS my nephew & I want to say what a great young man he was!! Everyone is talking about the drugs & that's ok, we want other teens to understand that this can happen to them too. But I do not want anyone to think he was a bad kid & in trouble. Timmy was just like any other teen & he came from a large loving family & had so many friends. The 3 teens who stayed with him are also wonderful young men.

  • Brian Jenkins Oct 18, 2012

    I want to know what the heck is wrong with kids today?
    October 18, 2012 8:56 a.m.

    Nothing wrong with them. They are kids. They like to try new things. Since the gov keeps drugs illegal we have no clue whats in them when sold on the streets. And since the kid was only 17 he wouldnt have been able to buy drugs. Sorry but dope dealers dont ask for ID.