The family of a nine-year-old girl who was tragically killed as she rode with a hunt have been targeted by vile trolls.
Bonnie Armitage was kicked in the chest by a horse before falling from her Shetland pony Lindsay in the “freak accident” in Miserden, Glos.
She sustained fatal injuries and later died in hospital - and now dozens of anti-hunt activists have seized on the tragedy to post heartless messages online
Some have criticised Bonnie’s parents for allowing her to ride with the Cotswold Hunt and said her death on Saturday was “karma” for their “bloodlust”.
Others used thumbs up and smiley faces emojis to express their glee at the little girl’s death, while Facebook user Jen Simpson added: “Fox 1 - 0 Murderous parents”.
Heartless: Some Facebook users criticised Bonnie’s parents (SWNS)
Vile: Trolls seemed to react with glee at the girl’s death (SWNS)
Another critic, Elaine Whitelaw, said Bonnie’s death was "a high price to pay” for introducing her to the “vile” sport.
Bonnie was a pupil at St Hugh’s preparatory school in Faringdon, Oxon. where her father Nick Armitage, 40, is deputy head.
Her parents, Nick and Polly, a professional flute player, earlier paid tribute to their “beautiful little girl” and said no-one was to blame for their daughter’s death.
Hundreds of others also paid an emotional tribute to the youngster using the hashtag #blueforbonnie.
One tribute, posted by horse rider Lucy Barnett, read: “It’s heartbreaking to hear, such sad news. My condolences to her friends and family!”
Tributes: Hundreds also posted emotional messages about Bonnie (SWNS)
Another rider, who posted a photo dressed in blue, wrote: "9 years old is far too young to leave this world, post a picture of you and your horse in blue.
"Blue was Bonnies favourite colour, Sleep tight Bonnie xx.”
Chris Adams, Joint Master of the Cotswold Hunt, paid tribute to little Bonnie, who he said slipped away during the outing after “strenuous efforts” by rescuers to save her.
He said: “A sense of overwhelming shock and sadness is with us all as we try to come to terms with her family’s overwhelming loss and grief.
"I hope that the strength of our community together with the power of our prayers and the sincerity of our condolences will be of some comfort to the family.”
An inquest is due to be opened today into Bonnie’s death.
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