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Officials say an investigation is now underway into what caused the stampede. Event organizers say the reason the festival will not take place again is out of respect for the victims.
Adolf Sauerland, Duisburg Mayor, said, "I know the majority of you and also most of the people out there are asking ... why this happened? This question is absolutely justified and must be answered. I would like to ask you all to allow the investigating authorities to have enough time to do their job, and not to point the finger prematurely."
Rainer Schaller, Love Parade Organizer, said, "The Love Parade was always a peaceful event and happy party. But now it will always be overshadowed by yesterday's tragic events. Out of respect for the victims, their friends and families, the event will no longer take place. This means the end of the Love Parade."
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