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The mother of the bride was identified as the person killed during a California wedding


UPDATE: Monday, Dec. 18, 6:01 p.m.

The woman killed when a tree fell on a wedding party Saturday in Southern California has been identified as the mother of the bride, a friend who attended the wedding told ABC News

The coroner's office identified the victim as 61-year-old Margarita Mojarro. 

ABC reports that an autopsy is pending. 

Original story

A large Eucalyptus tree fell on a wedding party near Los Angeles, California, killing on person and injuring at least five, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Witnesses told KTLA that the wedding party was taking photos in Whittier, California, when the tree came crashing down in Penn Park.

One witness said the tree split in two and hit several people.

Witnesses describe what they saw. "There was blood all over."

The victims

One of the victims was an older woman, as described by the fire department, died on her way to the hospital. Her age and identity have not been released.

Among the victims was a 4-year-old girl, who is in critical condition after receiving head trauma.

Some of the victims were able to free themselves, while six people ha to be cut out by responding firefighters. 

The response

About 100 firefighters responded to the scene and search dogs were utilized to make sure no other victims were left trapped underneath the debris.

People who were attending a nearby party also rushed over to help.

It's speculated that the California drought could have weakened the tree and caused it to fall.

One witness told CBS Los Angeles "there was blood all over."

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