Texas 10-year-old cowboy killed in tragic accident at Beauregard Parish Arena
A Texas 10-year old was killed in a horse accident at the Beauregard Parish Arena on Sun, October 3, 2021.
The arena was hosting the Texas Region 5 Junior High Rodeo.
The Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office says Legend was in the practice arena when a horse fell on top of him.
The horse the boy was riding is believed to have either suffered a heart attack or a brain aneurysm, according to Chief Detective Sylvester Denmond, with the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Denmond said the boy was riding the horse in the warm-up pen Sunday at the Texas Junior High Rodeo at the Beauregard Parish Covered Arena when the horse reared up and fell on him.
He was immediately rushed to the hospital but died of his injuries.
Denmond said it is believed the horse died immediately.
“It’s just a freak accident, our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and the rodeo community,” Denmond said.
Denmond said the horse was examined by a veterinarian - based on that examination, it is believed the horse either had a heart attack or a brain aneurysm.
According to an obituary on the Carroway Funeral Home website, Legend was a fifth-grader at Lufkin LEAD Academy. He was a member of Harmony Hill Baptist Church in Lufkin.
His family says at a young age he found a passion for team roping.
“He’s been a Legend since the day he was born" his mother, Raegan Williamson, said
"He did the goat-tying event, the calf-breakaway event and he was a leader in the team roping event," his father, Kelly Williamson, said.
Kelly confirmed Legend won second place at the Texas Region Junior High Rodeo and was warming up for the finals when tragedy struck.
She says Legend’s death rocked the family to their core, but they've taken solace in his mission.
“If he touches more people after death than he did before, then his life was worth it," said Kelly. "If he touches one more person after death than before, then the ten years we got to spend with him, we won’t feel like we were robbed.”
In his absence, they’ve adopted a new phrase - "Live like Legend."
Legend was just learning how to make the most of his rodeo winnings, having opened his first bank account just weeks prior.
Commercial Bank of Texas opened a benefit account for the Williamson family to help them overcome their loss.
Anyone interested in donating to the fund can click here to view branch locations.
Legend Williamson obituary
“Legend was a friend to everyone, to know him was to love him,” the obituary stated. “His contagious smile, firm handshake, and a good ‘yes sir’ was enough to melt anyone’s heart and gain their respect. He loved his country and thanked a veteran any chance he got.”
Legend’s passions were rodeo and team roping, the obituary stated. He also enjoyed spending time with friends.
“The impact Legend has made on this world in his 10 short years of life is enough to last an eternity,” the obituary stated. “Legend’s mission was to lead many to Christ, and he has accomplished that.”
In 10 short years, he managed to prove his name was no coincidence. For many reasons, his family says he’ll always be known as a legend.