A man has been killed in a horse race at a birthday party after an invitation went viral on Facebook.
Looking overwhelmed by the attention, yet resplendent in an elaborate fuchsia dress and gleaming tiara, Rubi Ibarra celebrated her 15th birthday on Monday on a ranch in central Mexico after the invitation to the event by her father went viral and made her the toast of the country.
Family members had to open a path for the girl through dozens of reporters and photographers snapping her picture so she could reach the Mass for her in a field in the state of San Luis Potosi. A large billboard saying “Welcome to my 15th birthday party” with Rubi’s picture towered over the tents and tables filled with food.
It is unclear why he stepped into the line of galloping horses. According to the local authority, an investigation has been opened.
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Thousands of people came from across Mexico for the “quinceneara” celebration, a traditional coming-of-age party similar to American “sweet sixteen” parties in which Mexican families often throw big, costly bashes so their daughter can be princess for a day.
“I came to see if they would give me a dress for my granddaughter for her 15th birthday in May,” said Victoriano Obregon, who had come all the way from the northern state of Coahuila.
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The party spawned countless memes — including a parody by Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal. The hashtag #RubiXV and #XvsDeRubi were also trending on Twitter.