ENMU bull rider killed during practice

Updated: 04/09/2014 11:10 AM | Created: 04/09/2014 11:08 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

PORTALES, N.M. -- A 20-year-old bull rider for the Eastern New Mexico University rodeo team died Tuesday night after a bull stepped on him during practice.

Emergency personnel arrived at the Lewis Cooper Rodeo Arena on campus and treated Irvyng Urquijo at the scene. He later died from his injuries at Roosevelt General Hospital. 

Urquijo, a 2011 graduate of Springer High School in New Mexico, was a sophomore animal and dairy science major.

"Eastern New Mexico University is saddened by the tragic accident which took the life of Irvyng Urquijo," ENMU president Steven Gamble said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with this wonderful young man’s family and friends. Our counselors are reaching out to those affected by his loss and need support. Our deepest condolences to his family. The entire ENMU family shares their grief and will be there for them."

Anyone needing support is encouraged to call ENMU’s counseling office at 575-562-2211.

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