Teen becomes second person killed by bull in week at Spanish festival

Teenager becomes the second person killed by a bull in a week at Spanish festival after animal gores the 19-year-old in the groin

  • Fran Gonzalez, 19, died during San Vicente Ferrer festival in Chilches in Spain
  • Teenager, who was well known as recortador, was hurt at around 6pm yesterday
  • He was unconscious and bleeding heavily when taken to hospital where he died

A teenager has become the second person to be killed by a bull at a Spanish festival in the past week.

Fran Gonzalez, 19, died after being gored in the groin during an annual celebration in the east coast town of Chilches near Castellon.

He was rushed to nearby Sagunto Hospital after being hurt around 6pm yesterday, but died shortly after arriving.

Organisers of the San Vicente Ferrer festival suspended the events planned for the rest of the night and a minute’s silence was held today.

Mr Gonzalez, who came from the nearby town of Vall de Uxo, was well known in the area and took part in exhibitions with bulls where he performed as a recortador.

Fran Gonzalez, pictured at a previous bull festival, died yesterday after a bull gored him in the groin

Mr Gonzalez, pictured, is the second person to be killed by a bull in the past week. Witnesses said Mr Gonzalez was bleeding heavily and was unconscious when he was taken to hospital 

Recortadores is the term used in Spain for people who use their bodies to dodge the bull as it runs at them.

The teenager is believed to have been gored moments after the bull, called Juanito or ‘Little Juan’ in English, was released from its pen into an area where spectators watch from behind a pallet-style protective fence.

Witnesses said Mr Gonzalez was bleeding heavily and was unconscious when he was taken to hospital.

He was admitted to A&E just before 8pm but news of his death emerged just an hour later.

A spokesman for the event organisers said this morning: ‘Today a minute’s silence will be held as a public show of our support and condolences for the dead man’s family and friends.’ 

Late last week a 74-year-old man gored by a bull during a festival in Vejer de la Frontera near Cadiz in south west Spain, died in hospital.

He was named as Juan Jose Varo.

Organisers of the San Vicente Ferrer festival suspended the events planned for the rest of the night and a minute’s silence was held today. Pictured: another recortadores at the festival yesterday before Mr Gonzalez’s death

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