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Man gored to death in Ontinyent bull-running in front of his wife; parents say show must go on
thinkSPAIN , Monday, October 1, 2012

A 35-YEAR-OLD man has been killed after being gored by a bull during the fiestas in Ontinyent (Valencia) this weekend.

But his family has asked for the bull-running events to carry on, despite his death.

The deceased's parents say the bulls should continue until the end of the fiestas in honour of their son.

Luis Fernando R. B., who was one of 2,000 spectators, is said to have been running for cover into the cordoned-off area for members of the public but did not make it in time.

He was gored in the chest and the bull's horns penetrated his right lung.

Two surgeons who were in attendance attempted to operate on him at the scene, but it was too late to save him and they said he had been killed instantly in the accident.

Luis' wife witnessed the entire incident, which occurred at around 19.30hrs on Saturday.

The rest of the fiesta was suspended and the town hall flag hung at half-mast, in honour of a young man who was said to be a well-known and much-loved local resident.

He is the fifth person to have been killed at bull-running events this year in the Comunidad Valenciana.

Experienced bull-handler Juan Ramón Majín, 34, died instantly after being gored in the back in Canet d'En Berenguer (Valencia) in June, soon after a man in Alboraya (Valencia) was killed after his head was literally gored off.

Another young man died in Godella (Valencia) when he was crushed by a young cow whilst filming the bous al carrer ('bulls in the street'), and an 86-year-old man was killed in Chiva (Valencia) during a bull-running.

Many other serious injuries in the region have been reported, including a man in Burriana (Castellón) who underwent emergency surgery after a goring left him with a perforated right lung, serious head injuries and open wounds in the face and arm, and a 38-year-old man who broke his right ankle and suffered head injuries in La Pobla de Farnals (Valencia).

A number of people suffered cuts, bruises and open wounds due to gorings, including a 17-year-old boy in Almassora (Valencia).

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