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Matador Killed in Weekend of Bullfight-Related Gore (Video)

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Monday, 11 Jul 2016 05:52 AM

A matador was killed during a bullfight in an eastern Spanish town – the first professional matador to be fatally gored since 1985 – in a weekend of bullfighting-related death and injuries.

Matador Victor Barrio, 29, was pronounced dead late Saturday by a surgeon at the Teruel bullring, reported The Associated Press.

Barrio was first gored in the thigh by the 1,166-pound bull's left horn and his body was flipped over. He was gored a second time in the chest and the blow penetrated a lung and his aorta.

Also on Saturday, a man from Valencia died after being gored in a late-night bull run near the southern town of Alicante, while two men were gored and 12 others injured in the morning bull-run race in Pamplona.

Medics were at Barrio's side almost immediately, but attempts to save his life were unsuccessful. The goring of Barrio was broadcast live on television and news of his death stirred widespread reaction ranging from the bullfighting community to politicians.

"My condolences to the family and colleagues of Victor Barrio, the deceased bullfighter this evening in Teruel. Rest in Peace," Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy tweeted.

Prominent bullfighter Enrique Ponce said he was "deeply saddened by the death of my colleague in the ring. Let God embrace him in all his glory. Great matador."

Participants at the famed running of the bulls at the San Fermin festivities in Pamplona wore improvised black armbands in honor of the fallen matador while dashing along the streets on the way to the bullring on Sunday morning.

Festivities in Teruel were immediately suspended following Barrio's death, and Las Ventas, the Madrid bullring were he debuted back in 2010, posted a heartfelt remembrance of the young bullfighter.

He was the first professional matador to die during a bullfight in Spain since 21-year-old Frenchman Jose Cubero Yiyo was fatally gored in 1985 in Madrid.

Before Barrio's death, Manolo Montoliu, then 38, and Ramon Soto Vargas, 39, were also fatally gored in 1992 in Seville while serving as "banderilleros," matador's assistants.

The deadly Alicante goring occurred about 1 a.m. during festivities at the small village of Pedreguera, where the Red Cross said a heifer gored the 29-year-old man through the thorax and abdomen. He was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead an hour later.

The town suspended all bull-related festivities for the day.

At the San Fermin festival, the bull run was unusually long Saturday, with one bull left stranded at the starting gate, where he proceeded to charge and strike a couple of runners. Many other participants fell and were stampeded by the head of the pack in the 930-yard race.

Another of the six bulls in the run got separated from the pack early in the race, did a U-turn and gored a nearby runner, lifting his body off the ground and flipping him over.

A government statement said a 33-year-old Japanese man and a 24-year-old Spaniard were gored. The Navarra hospital said one of them had suffered a thorax wound.

The regional government said a dozen others were also taken to city hospitals for trauma care, including a 37-year-old from Barcelona and another 33-year-old Japanese man.

More than 1,000 people took part in the run, which lasted just over four minutes, about 1 ½ times longer than usual.

Meanwhile, a judge in Pamplona on Saturday ordered five men accused of sexually assaulting a woman Thursday during the festival to be jailed without bail. The assault had triggered protests in Pamplona.

Bull runs are a traditional part of summer festivals across Spain. The nine-day San Fermin fiesta became world famous with Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises" and attracts thousands of foreign tourists each year.

Ten people, including four Americans, were gored at the San Fermin festival last year. In all, 15 people have died from gorings at the festival since record-keeping began in 1924.

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