Tribute Planned For Star Bull Rider Killed In NJ

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Devotees of Mexican-style rodeo are mourning the loss of a rider who was of considered one of the most well-known stars on the East Coast circuit.

Rodeo organizers said 24-year-old Rigoberto Flores of Brentwood, N.Y. was killed at a rodeo in Bridgeton, N.J. when he was thrown and fatally injured by a bull on Sunday.

Flores was known to his fans as “El Andariego” or “The Wanderer of Izucar Matamoros, Puebla,” the city in the Mexican state of Puebla where he was from.

He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital in Vineland.

Rodeo organizer Jesus Santiago says they are busy are planning a memorial rodeo tribute to raise money for Flores’ pregnant wife and young daughter.

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  1. Rhea Turning Heart says:

    Sending prayers to the family of Rigoberto Flores . Truly a great loss. there will be an empty chute and the chute gate will never open agian for Rigoberto Flores here on Gods green Earth for He’s gone on to ride in the biggest area In the sky .He called for the gate where the Master awaits saying its time my son It;s your finally 8 second ride all your entry fees have been paid…..As a Rodeo mom who have watched my son ride all his life. The rodeo family feels your pain and loss .Thank you

    1. Rhea Turning Heart says:

      sorry for the typo error should have read the biggest arena in the sky .

  2. Fructuoso Perez says:

    el mejor de nj te extranamos endarigo

  3. Nita says:

    A very dangerous sport but I do feel sorry about the death of this young man. RIP Sweetie.

  4. IRIS GISELA says:

    THATS MY COUSIN😥
    RIP MY BRAVE BULL RIDER. FOR YOU DIDNT LEAVE THIS EARTH ALONG A HUGE PART OF US LEFT ALONG WITH YOU !!

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