By Sharon Stevens
(KSDK) — Bel-Ridge police are investigating the death of a 15-year old girl who was kicked in the chest by a horse.
Kylene Bronder was working at Ace Horse Stables Friday night when the incident occurred.
Bel-Ridge police chief Gordon Brock says it appears to have been an accident. Still, investigators are checking things out.
Kylene's parents say she was a lively girl who loved horses, sports and God.
Kylene Bronder had just completed her freshman year at Hazelwood Central High School.
Around 9:00 p.m. Friday, Kylene and two friends were practicing in separate stalls for a Girl Scout day camp presentation.
Her father Patrick says, “We suppose the horse that Ky was working with was anxious, seeing the other two horses going somewhere and decided it wanted to go too and Ky was just in the wrong place at the wrong time."
She died shortly afterward at a local hospital.
The Bronders don't blame anyone for Kylene's death.
An ACE spokeswoman said only that the horse was no longer at the stable.
As a tribute, Kylene's friends signed a basketball and gave it to her grieving parents.
Her family described Kylene as a happy girl who loved sports. Patrick said, “I guess her favorite sports were basketball and volleyball. She really was torn this year between working at the horse stables or going out for soccer as a freshman."
Visitation for Kylene will be Wednesday at Trinity Church of the Nazarene, 3515 Shackleford Road.
The funeral will be Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at the same location.