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Friends & family mourn death of saddle bronc rider

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Updated November 12, 2012:  A Neosho, Missouri area saddle bronc rider dies in a tragic accident.  J.D. Jones, 25, was competing in the Indian National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, when he was injured.

Friends and family of Jones are mourning his death.

The cowboy is from the Goodman-Neosho area and has been competing in rodeo's since high school.

The accident happened Saturday night while Jones was competing.  The INFR says he was saddle bronc riding, when the horse he was riding bucked him, his foot got caught in the saddle when the horse stepped on him and then proceeded to fall on him.

Jones was transported to a Las Vegas hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The horse was put to sleep because of serious injuries.

"I went to bed early that night and they woke me up and they said 'your brother got killed at the rodeo' that night and so I was sleeping so I didn't believe it at first, I was just sleepy and so I asked really a couple of times, did that happen," says Wyatt Jones, J.D.'s brother.

Jones leaves behind his fiance and 11 month old baby boy.

A service will be held Thursday at a location to be determined.

Posted November 11, 2012:  A Goodman. Missouri  man dies after being injured during a saddle bronc ride.  25 year old J.D. Jones suffered critical injuries during his first time competing in the Indian National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

He passed away at the hospital.  He leaves behind a wife and baby.

The horse had to be put down as well.

Jones was in 4th place with a total time score of 112.

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