PONTOTOC – A 16-year-old Pontotoc bull rider died Thursday af

PONTOTOC – A 16-year-old Pontotoc bull rider died Thursday after being involved in a weekend rodeo accident.

Paul Carpenter, 16, died at University Hospital in Jackson.

Carpenter had attended a rodeo Saturday night in Kosciusko where he entered a bull-riding competition. Carpenter fell while walking away from his successful ride. The bull turned, came back toward him and stepped on him, said Carpenter’s uncle Billy Nelson.

Carpenter was first taken to a hospital in Kosciusko, where surgery was performed early Sunday morning.

He was later air-lifted to University Hospital, where a second operation was performed. A third operation was performed Sunday night, Nelson said.

“A lot of prayers had been going up since Sunday,” Nelson said.

Carpenter died about 8:20 a.m. Thursday.

A blood drive that had been slated for Sunday is still planned, Nelson said.

Carpenter, who was a student at Pontotoc Ridge Vocational Center and worked as a sacker at Sunflower Food Store in Pontotoc, had been riding bulls for about a year. Saturday’s was his first adult rodeo.

Cynthia M. Jeffries

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