El Paso Times: Witnesses Say Samantha Aguilar Was Standing Up When She Was Thrown From Church Carnival Ride
The investigation into the Hanks High School student who was killed while riding a church carnival ride a week ago remains open, but the El Paso Times is reporting that sources say 16-year-old Samantha Aguilar might have been standing up when she was thrown from the ride.
The Times says three different, independent sources reportedly saw Aguilar, and one of two other girls who were in the ride, not sitting down when they were on the carnival ride at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church last Friday night. The sources said that two vendors who were working near the ride saw Aguilar and her friend standing up.
The El Paso Police Department says they had not heard that information, but couldn't confirm it if it was true because it is part of the ongoing investigation. An EPPD spokesman said if it is true, it will be in the police report.
The Aguilar family said through a friend that they still don’t know what happened because they have not heard from EPPD.
Services for Aguilar are today from 4 to 9 at Martin Funeral Home East, with a vigil service as 6:30 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 Saturday morning at St. Stephen Catholic Church on George Dieter.
Our deepest condolences are with the Aguilar family.