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‘Beyond devastated’: Family pays tribute to ‘handsome’ boy, 14, killed during first rodeo bull ride

A 14-year old boy died riding a bull at North Carolina’s first rodeo.

Officials confirmed that it took place at the Rafter-K Rodeo Winter Series at American Legion Post 290 in King, on Saturday.

Event organizers named the rider Denim Bradshaw in a Facebook post.

Following a report of cardiac arrest, paramedics arrived on the scene. The teenager was taken to the hospital, where he died later.


Shannon Bowman, his mother, posted her grief on Facebook.

“Last night was my longest night!” She wrote.

“My 14-year-old son, a beautiful and handsome man, had gone to the lord!” “I woke up in a nightmare that would last the rest of my days!”

She said she had never seen him as happy as she saw him last night, before his departure.

Amanda Paquette, the mother of the bull, said that her son took part in the event as well. WFMY News 2 reported that she saw Denim’s chest being stomped on by the bull after he fell.

Event organizers posted on Facebook: “Everyone at Rafter K Rodeo Co, LLC would like express our deepest condolences for the loss of Denim Bradshaw, bull rider.

“Our sport is a family, and we are grateful for everyone who helped.”

They concluded that it was a tragic incident and that words could not describe the grief caused by this loss.

Denim’s sister posted on a GoFundMe page that she created to assist with funeral expenses, that Denim was riding his first bull.

She wrote, “Denim ventured into the world bull riding and fell in LOVE with it. He loved the boots, cowboy hats and big belt buckles.

He was thrilled to be able to ride his bullock on January 28th. We were all shocked that his first ride would end in his death.

“Our 14-year-old sweet boy died in the most thrilling moment of his short, tragic life. We are now without him.”


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