ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A 14-year-old girl is dead after collapsing at a foam party on the grounds of Expo New Mexico on Saturday night.
Police say Hannah Bruch of Santa Fe was discovered by security, either partially conscious or unconscious, and was immediately passed off to paramedics on site.
"We have paramedics on contract,” said Michael Henningsen, Expo New Mexico spokesperson. “And via our contracts with promoters, they have them on site."
The girl was transported from among the 4,000 people at the Expo stage to UNM hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Fourteen was two years too young to get a ticket to the event which billed itself as 16-and-up to get in, 21 and older to drink.
The ads promised a storm of foam at the Villa Hispana at Expo New Mexico. Event organizers promised the world's largest foam cannon and mayhem as teens and adults mixed in a late-night party.
Henningsen, who didn't have specifics surrounding the death at the time of the interview, was there Saturday night.
"Our security is extremely tight here, just like I'm sure it is at [other] venues who do all-ages shows," said Henningsen.
He says concertgoers were subjected to bag searches at the gates, but admits security can't catch everything that may be brought in to a concert.
Expo has hosted events similar to this before and state police say an autopsy will likely be conducted to find out how Bruch died.
But alcohol and underage concertgoers may be a combination that's no longer welcome at Expo New Mexico.
"We're looking closely at whether or not we want to serve alcohol at those events and I think the direction we want to go is probably not," Henningsen said.
By all accounts, Bruch was a good student and active in the community. Reed Meschefske, Bruch's theater teacher at Santa Fe High School said the news hasn't completely sunk in yet.
"She made everyone laugh and cry," he said. "That's how everyone is dealing with it today."
It is still unclear how Bruch died.
The city of Albuquerque started cracking down on all-age parties five years ago after a raid on Club 7 downtown revealed kids as young as 10 were mixing with adults who were drinking.
Cops found 600 people packed into the club with young girls in their underwear and drugs and alcohol flowing freely among the partiers.
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