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16-year-old was looking for some fun at Texas church carnival Friday night, now a town’s devastated

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One teenaged girl was killed and another injured after being thrown from a church carnival ride in El Paso, Texas.

The incident occurred Friday night in the parking lot of St. Thomas Aquinas Church, which was hosting a “Dia De Los Niños” carnival. A third girl who was riding with them was not thrown. None of the girls have been identified.

NBC News reported:

Police and fire officials responded to the church at about 7 p.m. (9 p.m. ET), and both girls were taken to local hospitals, but the 16-year-old succumbed to her injuries, Carrillo said. The 15-year-old was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries Saturday, he said.


The department tweeted:

Shortly after the incident, Fr. Ed Roden-Lucero, pastor of the St. Thomas Aquinas church, posted to his Facebook page:

“I am in shock and heartbroken that a young person lost her life and another was injured on one of the rides at our Dia del Niño carnival,” he wrote. “Please, everyone, let us pray for them.”

Saturday evening he followed up with this:

Also Saturday, the El Paso OPolice Department reported that the investigatiomn is still ongoing.

A spokesman for the diocese said that the girl who had lost her life hit a metal barricade after being thrown, according to local CBS affiliate WTVR 6 News.

“Two of the girls were thrown from the ride. One of them ended up hitting the metal barriers… She was thrown into that with a lot of force,” Elizabeth O’Hara, Communications Director for the Diocese of El Paso, said. “The victim’s injuries were severe. And EMS arrived and started to perform CPR on her, but it was pretty evident that her injuries were devastating. She was then pronounced dead at a local hospital.”

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