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German festival stampede kills 19

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Image Credit: Christoph Reichwein/Getty ImagesStampeding at the Love Parade dance music festival in Duisburg, Germany killed at least 19 people over the weekend. BBC News has a full report, with descriptions that are not for the faint of heart.

More than a million people attended the festival to see performers from around the world. The stampede apparently occurred when a narrow tunnel to the festival area became dangerously overcrowded. Local authorities are investigating why security plans failed to prevent the stampede.

In a statement quoted by BBC News, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said: “Young people came to party. Instead, there was death and injury. I am aghast and saddened by the sorrow and the pain.” The Music Mix joins her in sending our condolences to the victims’ friends and families.

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