If you’ve been following recent news headlines, you might have heard of the unfortunate accident at an El Paso church carnival last night. According to the El Paso Times, 16-year-old Samantha Aguilar, a 15-year-old girl and another girl were thrown from the Sizzler carnival ride. Aguilar died at a local hospital. The 15-year-old remains at a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The other girl was not ejected or injured. The accident is under investigation.
The carnival was held to celebrate Dia de los Ninos (Children’s Day). Mexico and several U.S. cities with larger Hispanic populations celebrate the day on April 30. Celebrations are usually held at parks and libraries. Children and their families participate in activities and read books. Free books are usually given.
The carnival’s location is about a 15-20 minute drive from my home. I didn’t know the carnival was taking place this weekend! I spoke to my grandma on the phone this morning. She asked me if I heard anything about this story. I said no until I saw it on my WordPress reader. I saw the tragic story for the first time on Los Angeles’ TV station, KTLA’s blog.
The news story’s appeared on several worldwide news sites like the U.K.’s Mirror and Daily Mail, New York Daily News, The Dallas Morning News, ABC News and several others. My heart goes out to their loved ones. May Samantha rest in peace.
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