Thursday, July 15, 2010

Anais Fernandez, 16, Dies After Alleged Drinking Binge; Neighborhood Distraught by Erik Badia Will Cruz - NY Daily News

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Anais Fernandez was found passed out in Highland Park, and later died. An autopsy will be conducted Tuesday. Noonan for News

The teenage girl who died after drinking in a Brooklyn park was remembered Monday as a straight-A student who adored animals.

Anais Fernandez, 16, aspired to become a veterinarian, heartbroken relatives said. The student at Queens' Grover Cleveland High School passed out Sunday in Highland Park in East New York and later died at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center.

"Ay, Dios mio!" her distraught dad, Jose Fernandez, cried outside the family's Queens home.

Anais was hanging out and drinking with her unidentified boyfriend in the reservoir area of the park when she "just started throwing up," said a friend named Jose, who didn't want to give his last name.

Cops don't suspect foul play. The medical examiner plans to conduct an autopsy Tuesday.

Anais was preparing to go to college, her father said.

"She was all A's," he said in Spanish through an interpreter. "A lot of offers from a lot of universities."

Relatives and friends insisted that Anais didn't drink. "She never, ever drinks," said family friend Ana Rodriguez.

In her Ridgewood neighborhood, friends remembered Anais as a sweetheart who'd try to rescue birds and cats.

"This girl, she loved animals," said neighbor Patrick DeFillippino. "She used to take all the cats and feed them."