DALLAS (AP) â€” A 15-year-old girl who suffered from asthma was trampled to death when security officers used Mace to break up a fight at a teen party and several hundred revelers fled.
The girl, Mayere Tilmon, fell down stairs early Sunday while she and others were running from the altercation at Don Carter's All Star Lanes-West, police said. Three other partygoers were injured.
Off-duty officers hired as security guards had tried to break up the fight in an upstairs area leased for the party at the popular teen hangout, police said. But some partygoers assaulted the officers, and one sprayed Mace for protection and to end the fight, police said.
Tilmon's mother, Marietta Allen, said her daughter may have had an asthma attack before she fell under the stampeding partygoers. The medical examiner said the girl suffocated.
Two people who had leased the bowling alley space were arrested for allegedly operating a dance hall without a license.
If detectives can determine who assaulted the officers, charges could be filed, said police Sgt. Larry Lewis, a homicide-unit supervisor.
``We're investigating this to see if there are any possible criminal charges,'' Lewis said. ``Right now, the incident is an accidental death, so we're looking at the events surrounding this accident.''
An honor roll student who hoped to become a mechanical engineer, Tilmon had just finished her sophomore year at MacArthur High School in Irving and was looking forward to her 16th birthday next month, relatives said.
``She was my world. I had nothing else. I have nothing,'' her mother said.