Texas Tech Bull Statue: 14-Year-Old Impaled By Metal Bull Horn In Shocking Freak Accident During Hide-And-Seek [VIDEO]

By Philip Ross on June 25, 2013 1:07 PM EDT

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The Texas Tech bull statue on Texas Tech University’s campus where 14-year-old Miguel Martinez was killed in a freak accident over the weekend. (Photo: Creative Commons)

The Texas Tech bull statue on Texas Tech University's campus killed a teen boy after the 14-year-old fell onto one of the bull's metal horns, suffering a massive chest wound. NBC reports that Miguel Martinez was playing a game of hide-and-seek with friends when he tripped and fell onto the Texas Tech bull statue's long horn. According to reports, Martinez died on the scene.

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The Texas Tech bull statue, a fixture on Texas Tech University campus's Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock, a city about 300 miles northwest of Fort Worth, was the location of the tragic freak accident over the weekend. Local news channel KCBD reports that at around 3:00 a.m. Saturday morning, Martinez and his friends were playing a game of hide-and-seek in the statue's vicinity. Martinez apparently tripped over one of the lights and lost his balance, falling onto one of the bull's horns.

"It's hard for all of us. No mother expects this to happen to their child," Judith Leseberg, Martinez's mother, said.

One of Martinez's friends, identified as Jeremy, said he was teen at the Texas Tech bull statue when his playmate tragically died. "I put my jacket over him, he was laying down," Jeremy told KCBD News channel 11. "I just held him tight and I told him I loved him."

International Business Times reports that memorials to the 14-year-old have sprung up around the Texas Tech bull statue. The family has also organized a fund-raising campaign to pay for Miguel's burial.

"As he came into this world, I tried to give him the best I could," Leserberg said. "Now I want him to have the best going out."

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