Following the horrific shooting during the 2017 BPM Festival, Cristina Torres Gómez, the Municipal President of Business Coordinating Council of the Rivera Maya, made a public announcement that The BPM Festival and all events of that nature are officially prohibited. The death toll has risen to 5 dead and 15 wounded, with unconfirmed reports of more deaths and injuries unaccounted for. Due to the frenzy that ensued after the shooting, stories have been popping up all over the web with many of them being eye-witness accounts including ours.
It’s a touchy time for Playa Del Carmen & BPM, with the both facing such an unfortunate turn of events.
The festival released a statement regarding the situation at hand:
“We are still reeling from the loss of the five lives, three of our festival guests — Daniel Pessina (Italy), Rafael Antonio Peñalosa Vega (México), and Alejandra Margarita Villanueva Ibarra (USA) – and two well-loved members of our BPM family, Kirk Wilson from Toronto, Canada and Geovanni Francisco Ruiz Murillo from Veracruz, Mexico. Kirk leaves behind a wife and two young children.* Geovanni was the father of two children. We are in touch with both families and are doing everything we can to ease this terrible loss.”
Many who go to BPM are frequent guests, attending as many hosted events as possible. While the news right now is that BPM is no more, we’d like to think that with the right talking and planning, it will live to see 2018 after all.