Head injury proves fatal for Stuart Cramer student

Destiny Stafford
Destiny Stafford WBTV

A 15-year-old girl who was kicked in the head by her father’s horse on Saturday died of her injuries early Monday, an official at Carolinas Medical Center has confirmed.

Destiny Stafford was riding in Gastonia on Saturday when the accident happened, friends said. Her injuries so severe that she had to be airlifted to Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte.

Several of her friends said Sunday that the family had told them Destiny was on life support.

On Sunday, the day after the Stuart Cramer High cheerleader was critically injured, hundreds of her classmates gathered outside the school to pray for her recovery.

Destiny was co-captain of Cramer’s junior varsity cheerleading squad. Her fellow cheerleaders described her as a petite bundle of energy – often the first one to greet someone new.

“I first met her at cheer tryouts,” Desera Rajnes, the other captain, said Sunday. “She made me feel at home right away. I’d always go over to her house to make our posters.”

Desera and other students learned about Destiny’s accident through social media, where people were posting updates under the hashtag #DestinyStrong.

Audrey Devine, principal at Cramer High, read a letter from Destiny’s mother: “Please let everyone know how much their love and prayer mean to our family,” the letter said. “I never knew how many lives our sweet daughter has touched.”

Karen Sullivan and Cleve R. Wootson Jr.