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.
The U.S. Embassy in Mexico also "confirmed that an American citizen has been killed," on Twitter.
Aside from the other four people who were killed, four Americans were also injured,Quintana Roo Attorney General Miguel Angel Pech said. Among them were Ignacio Valencia from Texas and Michael Angel Palenque from New York.