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Denver Teen Among Those Killed in Mexico Club Attack: Brother

NBC News logo NBC News 1/17/2017 Richie Duchon and Rima Abdelkader

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An 18-year-old Denver woman was among five people killed when a gunman opened fire at a nightclub in a popular Mexican resort, her brother said Monday.

Roberto Martinez told NBC News that his sister, Alejandra Villanueva, was killed in the attack at the Blue Parrot nightclub in Playa Del Carmen at around 2:30 a.m. (3:30 a.m. ET) on Monday. The gunman allegedly opened fire after being denied entrance to the BPM electronic music festival taking place inside.

IMAGE: Alejandra Villanueva © Alejandra Villanueva, 18, was killed when a gunman opened fire on a music festival at a Mexican reso... IMAGE: Alejandra Villanueva The U.S. Embassy in Mexico also "confirmed that an American citizen has been killed," on Twitter.

Quintana Roo Attorney General Miguel Angel Pech said Monday that four male victims died from gunshot wounds and one woman appeared to have been killed in an ensuing stampede as club-goers fled the shooting.

Four Americans were also injured, Pech said. Among them were Ignacio Valencia from Texas and Michael Angel Palenque from New York.

NBC affiliate KHQ reported that a Washington woman was among 15 people who were wounded but survived the shooting.

The victims also included two Canadians, one Italian and one Colombian, according to Mexican officials

Local residents gather to place candles and banners calling for peace and unity in Playa, outside the Blue Parrot club where several people were killed in early morning gunfire, in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. Deadly gunfire broke out in the crowded beachfront nightclub throbbing with electronic music before dawn on Monday, setting off a bloody stampede by screaming concertgoers at an international festival in this Caribbean resort. © AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell Local residents gather to place candles and banners calling for peace and unity in Playa, outside the Blue Parrot club where several people were killed in early morning gunfire, in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. Deadly gunfire broke out in the crowded beachfront nightclub throbbing with electronic music before dawn on Monday, setting off a bloody stampede by screaming concertgoers at an international festival in this Caribbean resort. On Monday, the event's organizers said three of those killed were of a part of BPM's security team.

"We are overcome with grief over this senseless act of violence and we are cooperating fully with local law enforcement and government officials as they continue their investigation," according to a statement posted on The BPM Festival's Facebook page.

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