Roseburg boy’s prize-winning steer named LaVoy Finicum

Ryley Schneider, 10, wants to donate money to Finicum's widow

LaVoy Finicum, a rancher from Arizona, speaks to the media after members of the "3% of Idaho" group along with several other organizations arrive at the at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
LaVoy Finicum, a rancher from Arizona, speaks to the media after members of the "3% of Idaho" group along with several other organizations arrive at the at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) – A 10-year-old Roseburg boy has honored one of the occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by naming his prize-winning steer after him.

The News-Review reports that a 1,030-pound black Maine-Anjou named LaVoy Finicum earned third-place at the Douglas County Fair. The steer is named after Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, the Arizona rancher killed by law enforcement during the occupation. In March officials declared the shooting justified.

The steer was named by Ryley Schneider, who says Finicum was a hero for standing up against government overreach. Schneider used his time at the fair to talk to people about Finicum. He handed out pocket-sized copies of the U.S. Constitution to police officers.

Schneider says he hopes to donate some of his prize money to Finicum’s wife.

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