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Man Dies at Williamstown Event After Impaling Self During Joust

A man died over the weekend after being impale by a lance during a medieval-themed joust.

It happened Saturday at Kentucky Cowtown in Williamstown during an event put on by the Society for Creative Anachronism.

Peter Barclay, 52, of Virginia, died at the event when his lance hit the ground and flipped, impaling him beneath the sternum.

According to a post on Facebook by his brother, John Barclay, the victim was a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army and is survived by his wife and two daughters.

"He died doing what he loved, but he will still be missed," John Barclay wrote.

Barclay went by the name Terafan Greydragon at medieval-themed events.

Society of Creative Anachronism Marshal Alan Gravesend issued a statement via the organization's Facebook page. 

"The Society is investigating the matter and is fully cooperating with the authorities. The Society Marshal is conducting an investigation to determine what might have led up to the accident, and what specific measures should be taken to ensure that this does not occur again," Gravesend wrote. "Upon the completion of our investigation, the SCA will make the results available to the public. We have reached out to Terafan’s family to express our support for them at this moment of loss. We ask that Terafan and his family be held in your hearts."

The SCA recreates the arts and skills of pre-17th century Europe.

-Staff report

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