The Ohio University student who died after repeatedly stabbing himself at Comfest had used LSD and marijuana, according to the Franklin county coroner.
Bryan Barbin, 18, stabbed himself several times with a knife on June 27 while attending Comfest, an annual community festival in Goodale Park.
Tests showed evidence of LSD use in Barbin's brain and marijuana in his blood, said County Coroner Jan Gorniak, who ruled his death accidental.
Detectives consider the case closed, said homicide Sgt. Eric Pilya of the Columbus police. "We believe that the victim had taken some kind of mind-altering substance and that he was doing this to himself."
Witnesses said a man was fighting with Barbin, perhaps over a knife, when Barbin was stabbed. That man turned out to be a friend who was actually trying to take the knife away, Pilya said.
Barbin studied engineering and Chinese at Ohio University, where he'd just completed his freshman year. He was a 2008 graduate of Worthington Kilbourne High School.
By Dave Hendricks
August 6, 2009
The Columbus Dispatch