College rodeo member killed during practice

ENMU rodeo member died April 8 after being stepped on by a bull during practice.

Irvyng Urquijo, 20, a bull rider for the Eastern New Mexico University rodeo team, died at approximately 9:05 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8, at the Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales after being stepped on by a bull during rodeo practice.

The ENMU Police Department and Emergency Medical Services with the Portales Fire Department responded to Lewis Cooper Rodeo Arena on the ENMU campus around 7:37 p.m. Mr. Urquijo was treated for his injuries at the scene by emergency medical services personnel and transported to 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," said Dr. Steven Gamble, ENMU president. "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."

The investigation into the details of the accident are continuing.

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