Photo: Miguel Martinez impaled after tripping onto bull statue
The family and friends of a Texas teen are in mourning after a tragic accident result in the teen’s death over the weekend.
According to police, 14-year-old Miguel Martinez was spending the night at a friend’s house when the family decided to go for a late night walk at around 3 a.m. Saturday morning.
Martinez and his friend’s family began playing hide-and-seek in front of Texas Tech University’s National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock, Texas.
Having fun as they played in the dark, the teen was said to have been running when he tripped and fell chest first into the outwardly-pointing horns of one of the bulls.
The horn pierced his chest and as Martinez lay dying as they waited for emergency responders, his friend said he covered Martinez with his jacket and held him tight.
Sadly, Martinez died shortly after the accident and his friend’s parents had to call his mother Judith Leseberg, to tell her the terrible news.
Leseberg, who had been out of town at the time, told KCBD, ‘I’m in shock…just shock.’ She added, ‘It’s hard for all of us. No mother expects this to happen to their child.”
A memorial fund has been set up, and fundraisers are being organized to help Martinez’s family pay for his funeral.
‘As he came into this world,’ Leseberg said, ‘I tried to give him the best I could as a mother of nine. Now I want him to have the best going out.’
Donations can be made at any Wells Fargo to the Miguel Martinez Memorial Fund.
The base of one of the bull statues at the Heritage Center is now adorned with stones carrying messages reading “You will never be forgotten,” and “Rest in Peace.”