Young rider dies of injuries suffered in weekend rodeo accident - KCTV5

Young rider dies of injuries suffered in weekend rodeo accident

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KCTV5 got word about 5 p.m. that Kalee Chandler died Monday at Children’s Mercy Hospital. (M-Kan Livestock) KCTV5 got word about 5 p.m. that Kalee Chandler died Monday at Children’s Mercy Hospital. (M-Kan Livestock)
On Saturday the 12-year-old was in an arena in Adrian, MO, barrel racing. It was something she'd been doing for years. (Mo-Kan Livestock) On Saturday the 12-year-old was in an arena in Adrian, MO, barrel racing. It was something she'd been doing for years. (Mo-Kan Livestock)
BATES COUNTY, MO (KCTV) -

A 12-year-old girl from Bates County has died from injuries she suffered over the weekend in a rodeo accident.

KCTV5 got word about 5 p.m. that Kalee Chandler died Monday at Children’s Mercy Hospital.

Friends say her family has not left her side and say it was a terrible accident no one could have predicted.

"They have deep roots in Bates County," Alan Mundey said.

Mundey is one of so many people who are thinking of Kalee and her family,

"When something like this hits your community you're just stunned, you're just stunned. I think everybody woke up this morning and the first thought was, ‘How's Kalee doing?’" he said.

On Saturday the 12-year-old was in an arena in Adrian, MO, barrel racing. It was something she'd been doing for years.

"She could ride a horse, she could really ride a horse," Mundey said.

A youth barrel racing event takes skill and great riding abilities. It was something Kalee loved, something she was good at. But on this race, friends said, Kalee's horse had a heart attack and collapsed on top of her, pinning her until they could move him.

"It really hit home for me," Tonya Williams said.

Williams works in the town of Butler for the local radio station. Both the station, the Community First Bank in Butler and friends and family are putting together multiple fundraisers. They say they needed to do something.

"You have to be there for the parents and grandparents and brothers and sisters and aunts and uncles. So it doesn't just effect you directly, but as a mom it affects you the most directly," Williams said.

There will be a benefit for Kalee on Thursday at 11 a.m. at Mo-Kan Livestock. Anyone wishing ti donate an animal or funds to the benefit can call their office.

A Boot Drive will be set up at the 4-Way Stop at Passaic on Saturday

Donations can be deposited at the Community First Bank, 915 W. Fort Scott St. in Butler, MO, 64730. They can also be mailed to P.O. Box 407.

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