BPM Festival Shares New Statement About Fatal Shooting

They say that "much of what is being reported is based on speculation and misinformation from unidentified sources."​

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Jan 24 2017, 6:55pm

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Playa Del Carmen music festival BPM yesterday shared a new statement about the shooting that occurred at its closing party on Monday, January 16.

The statement said that the festival's management's "continued thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the families and friends of those victimized by the shooting," and that 14 of the 15 festival attendees who were hospitalized because of the shooting have now been released.

BPM also responded to media coverage of the shooting, which has reported on authorities' statements regarding the possible involvement of drug trafficking, cartels, extortion, and a possible execution. The festival said that "much of what is being reported is based on speculation and misinformation from unidentified sources."

Local law enforcement has not yet determined the cause of the shooting, but were pursuing three different lines of investigation pertaining to extortion, drug dealing, or a targeted execution.

BPM also drew attention to a GoFundMe page created for Kirk Wilson's family, who was head of security at the festival one of the victims of the shooting.

BPM shared its first official statement the same day as the shooting.

The shooting left five people dead, including three guests and two staff members from five different countries including the US. Substantial progress in the investigation has not been reported in recent days.

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