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Trail Ride Held to Honor Young Woman Who Died Riding Her Horse in Southwest Ranches

A remembrance trail ride was held on Sunday for a teenage girl who was discovered dead next to her horse in Southwest Ranches on Dec. 4.

On Sunday, local horseback riders gathered to bid farewell to Lucia and her horse known as "Brownie" who also died.

The victim,16-year-old Lucia Rodrigo, was a junior at Cypress Bay High.

"Horses were her favorite thing. It was her favorite hobby, her favorite thing to do," Danielle De Varona said. 

Friends say she was an experienced rider who had been riding Brownie for several years.

"Lucia was a very good rider, she liked to go a little fast like all of us do every now and then, cause the horses like to do it too," Diana McClure said.

In their honor, dozens of riders organized a trail ride from Robbins Lodge to Tree Tops Park in Davie.

"You know, we all are out here every weekend and during the week when we can and it's just really surprising, especially for both of them, for the horse and the rider to go down at the same time," said Tina Valenchis.

The South Florida Trail Riders Organization created a plaque in Rodrigo's memory.

"It's very unfortunate but we all have to tell ourselves she is in a better place now and she has wings now and she can fly like the angel that she is," said McClure.

This case is still under investigation, pending the results of an autopsy and necropsy.

If you have any information about the accident, contact Davie Police at 954-693-8200.

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