DENVER (CBS4) – The family of a teenager killed at the scene of a nightclub shooting in Mexico is waiting to get her body home to Denver for a proper burial.

Alejandra Villanueva was one of the victims trampled early Monday morning when the shooting began at a nightclub in Playa del Carmen near Cancun. Villanueva was at the club for an electronic music festival.

Alejandra Villanueva (credit: CBS)

Alejandra Villanueva (credit: CBS)

At least five people were killed and 15 others were injured and police are still searching for the gunman.

Lydia Villanueva, the victim’s sister, told CBS4 her sister had a “good future and wanted big things.”

“This is the worst feeling ever to know my younger sister is never coming back, I (am) never going to see her again,” Lydia Villanueva said. “It’s a horrible feeling.”

Alejandra Villanueva (credit:

Alejandra Villanueva (credit: CBS)

Alejandra Villanueva was a student at Denver Community College. Her friend Ignacio Valencia was injured in the melee. He is back home in Texas after being treated for gunshot wounds to his hands.

“I haven’t slept because I keep thinking of my friend,” Valencia said.

Mexican officials have reportedly ruled out terrorism in the shooting.

The search continues for the gunman.

Alejandra’s family has set up a GoFundMe account to help get her body back to the United States and with funeral expenses.


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