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The BPM Festival releases a new statement a week after the shooting

Victims have been named

  • Mixmag Staff
  • 24 January 2017

A week after a shooting at Blue Parrot as part of The BPM Festival took the lives of five people and injured 15, the event has come forward with a new statement.

It reads: "We are still reeling from the loss of the five lives, three of our festival guests -- Daniel Pessina (Italy), Rafael Antonio Peñalosa Vega (México), and Alejandra Margarita Villanueva Ibarra (USA) – and two well-loved members of our BPM family, Kirk Wilson from Toronto, Canada and Geovanni Francisco Ruiz Murillo from Veracruz, Mexico."

The statement, which was released on Facebook, also states: "Kirk leaves behind a wife and two young children. Geovanni was the father of two children. We are in touch with both families and are doing everything we can to ease this terrible loss."

It continued to mention the police investigation remains ongoing and finalized that The BPM Festival will not be commenting publicly (besides the statement) in order to allow the investigation to continue and conclude smoothly.

A GoFundMe page has also been set up to help support the family of Kirk Wilson, the Canadian security guard who was one of the five victims and a popular figure on the Toronto dance music scene.

Read the full statement below.

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