Community coping with loss of girl in freak rodeo accident
BUTLER (AP) — A western Missouri community is grieving after the death of a spunky 12-year-old who was killed in a freak rodeo accident during a charity event.
Kalee Chandler had just finished her barrel-racing run last Saturday when her horse appeared to have a heart attack. The horse slammed into the fence and rolled onto Kalee, pinning her.
The Kansas City Star reports the Butler girl died Monday and was buried Friday.
Neighbors in the Bates County town where Kalee's parents and grandparents grew up struggled to find words to comfort the girl's family, so they held fundraisers instead.
At a benefit auction Thursday, several winning bidders immediately put the items back up for sale, netting more than $25,000. Donations came in from as far away as Garden City, Kansas.