Man dies during horse race at Mexico girl's 'quinceanera'

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Posted: Dec 27, 2016 5:41 PM
Man dies during horse race at Mexico girl's 'quinceanera'

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A man was killed and another injured in a horse race during celebrations for a Mexico girl's coming-of-age 15th birthday party that was a hit on social media, officials said.

San Luis Potosi state prosecutors said the victim was a 66-year-old who lived near La Joya, where the party was held. He was the owner of one of the horses.

The prosecutor's office said late Monday that he was killed when he crossed the race course as the horses were passing. On Tuesday, the state's Civil Protection Office identified the man as Felix Pena.

A 34-year-old man also suffered a broken leg during the event.

Thousands of people from across Mexico poured into La Joya for Rubi Ibarra's "quinceanera," a traditional celebration in which families often throw costly bashes for their daughters. Her father's invitation to the event went viral and made her the toast of the country.