A young boy "loved by everyone" has died after he was crushed by a horse at a rodeo.
Legend Williamson, 10, was doing a warm up at the Texas Junior High Rodeo last Sunday when the horse he was riding reared up, fell and crushed him in the process, Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Detective Sylvester Denmond told KPLC.
He added the horse either had a brain aneurysm or a heart attack and also died in the incident. Legend was pronounced dead when he arrived in hospital.
The police officer called it a “freak accident”.
The Texas High School Rodeo Association wrote on Facebook Legend’s death “is devastating and our hearts are breaking for the Williamson family”.
The Hudson Independent School District Police Department called the little boy “a phenomenal young man”.
“He was absolutely a blessing to all who knew him,” police wrote.
“You could not help but to love him and his sweet personality. The most respectful, polite, helpful, caring, and spirited young man. Talking to him was a true joy, mixed with an awe of amazement. Legend will be greatly missed & the world will not be the same without him.”
Legend was “a friend to everyone, to know him was to love him”, his obituary on Carroway Funeral Home’s website reads.
His parents told KTYX Legend opened a bank account the week before the competition to save his winnings.
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