Child rodeo champion, 10, crushed to death by falling horse in freak accident

A 10-year-old boy died after his horse died on top of him and crushed him to death during rodeo preparations on Sunday.

Legend Williamson, 10, had already won second place and was preparing for the finals in the warm-up pen at the Texas Region Junior High Rodeo when the horse fell on top of him, authorities said.

His family said he was rushed to the hospital where he later died of his injuries.

A veterinarian in DeRidder, Texas has determined that the animal died of a heart attack or brain aneurysm which caused the incident prior to the Louisiana kids' rodeo.

Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office Detective Sylvester Denmond called the incident a 'freak accident,' Mail Online reports.

His mother, Reagan told KYTX : "As I was crying out to God to save my son, and I was begging him not to take my son, I knew Legend was going to lead thousands of people to Christ.

"That was his mission in life."

In a moving tribute, his father said: "If he touches more people after death than he did before, then his life was worth it."

The family from Lufkin, Texas had travelled two hours southeast to Sunday's rodeo, which was held at the Beauregard Parish Covered Arena in DeRidder.

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The Texas Junior High Rodeo Association paid tribute to the boy on their Facebook page, writing: "Our rodeo family is hurting big time tonight. Lord hear our prayers.

"Wrap your arms around the Williamson family and Region 5 families Lord we know you have a plan for our lives and we believe in you."

Condolences poured in from fans with one woman directing people to donate to Williamson's bank account at the Commercial Bank of Texas instead of sending flowers to the family.

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Jessica Bridges said: "We are heartbroken & paralyzed with unimaginable grief but we find peace knowing Legend is in the arms of Jesus.

"In Lieu of flowers & food, you can donate to Legend’s account at CBTX."

A funeral will be held at the United Pentecostal Campground Tabernacle in Lufkin on Friday at 2pm.

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