Bishop Mark Seitz issued the following statement following the death of Samantha Aguilar:
"I was deeply saddened to hear of the accident that took place at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in El Paso Friday night during their festival. Parish communities gather at times outside of church services, religious formation classes and other activities simply to enjoy one another and their families. When such a joyful event turns tragic the pain of the loss is even greater.
The Diocese of El Paso deeply regrets this terrible loss. Words are incapable of expressing our sorrow at the death of this young girl. We know that no words will alleviate her family's pain but we will ask our merciful God to do through prayer what words are incapable of doing: bringing consolation in the midst of this sorrow.
We remain ready to cooperate fully with any investigation and to do all in our power to assist those impacted by this tragic accident."
+Bishop Mark Seitz