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Halloween Concert Deaths Probe Forces Madrid Resignation

Nov. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Pedro Calvo, a Madrid official who headed the company that managed the arena where three women and a girl were killed in a Halloween concert stampede, resigned from his posts with the city government.

Calvo, who quit as non-executive chairman of the municipal company that manages the Madrid Arena, also stepped down as third-deputy mayor with responsibility for economy and employment, according to a City Hall statement yesterday. Calvo had also served as the spokesman for Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s People’s Party within the city government.

The press department for the city’s economy division didn’t respond to an e-mail request today to interview Calvo.

The Superior Court of the capital said Nov. 12 that it planned to investigate the city official responsible for leasing the arena for the Oct. 31 concert, without naming the official. The management company Calvo ran was responsible for signing contracts with the Halloween event’s organizers, the court said in a statement today.

Miguel Angel Flores, identified as the chief of Diviertt, the organizer of the event, will also be called to testify on Nov. 20, the court said. Legal representatives of two related companies will also be declared suspects, according to a Nov. 12 statement from the court.

Calls by Bloomberg News to Diviertt, a private Madrid company that manages concerts, went unanswered today.

Videos shot after midnight on Halloween night in a hallway of the Madrid Arena, where the women died, show a scene of mayhem. At one point more than 100 people were unable to move and many were piled atop one another. The deceased women were all 18, and the girl was 17, according to the police.

Police and the courts are investigating what drove the crowd of mostly young people to rush toward an exit, crushing the four victims.

To contact the reporter on this story: Todd White in Madrid at twhite2@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Timothy Coulter at tcoulter@bloomberg.net.

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