As always, my deepest condolences to family and friends.
Mr. Martin was a senior at Winder-Barrow high school in Winder, Georgia. The prom was held on April 28, 2007; after the prom, he joined a number of friends at an after-prom party in nearby Auburn.
Alcohol was available; by eyewitness accounts Mr. Martin was "highly intoxicated". The party went on well past 4:00 am.
Martin either fell asleep or passed out and was laying in a position that cut off his ability to breathe. Because of his highly intoxicated state, he was unable to wake up and change position, said Maj. Murray Kogod, Barrow County's chief deputy.