- Associated Press - Sunday, June 21, 2015

ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) - A northern New Mexico fiesta queen, who sparked a furor over disparaging comments made about her mother’s crime-ridden town, has been ousted from her throne.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1MXpXH3) that the executive council of the Fiesta Council stripped 24-year-old Angelina Vigil of her crown late Saturday.

Officials said on the Espanola Valley Fiesta’s Facebook page that there will be no “La Reina” at this year’s festivities.

Vigil created a backlash when she attacked Espanola on Facebook, saying she hated visiting the city after her mother’s home was burglarized and the crown was stolen last week. She later apologized.

Police recovered the crown and scepter last week and arrested two people in the theft.

Vigil did not comment but thanked supporters on her Facebook page.

The Espanola Valley’s annual fiestas celebrate the region’s Spanish roots.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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