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Woman from Crow Tribe dies after brutal attack on reservation

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Roylynn Rides Horse, a member of the Crow Tribe, has died after being brutally attacked and burned in April 2016 on the Crow Reservation in Montana. Photo by Trista FogintheMorning / Facebook

RoyLynn Rides Horse, a member of the Crow Tribe, has died after being brutally attacked, burned and left in a field on the reservation in Montana.

Rides Horse died on Tuesday morning while being treated in Utah. She had suffered third-degree burns over 45 percent of her body during the assault on April 17.

"I'm speechless," Trista Fog in the Morning, a relative who has been acting as a spokesperson for the family, wrote on Facebook. "But no more pain, no more hurt, you sure fought a good fight."

Dimarzio Swade Sanchez, 18, and Angelica Jo Whiteman, 23, have been accused of beating Rides Horse, 28, dousing her with gasoline and setting her on fire. They left the victim in a field on the reservation, where she continued to suffer for 14 more hours, according to an affidavit filed in federal court.

Sanchez, who is a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, and Whiteman, who is Crow, were arrested last week on charges of assault with intent to commit murder and aiding and abetting. It's possible that they could face murder charges following Rides Horse's death.

Sanchez and Whiteman are each asserting the right to remain silent and to have their attorneys present during interactions with federal authorities, according to documents filed in court last week.

Rides Horse leaves behind six children. The tribe rallied at her and her family's side following the attack.

Get the Story:
Family says woman left burned in a field in April has died (The Billings Gazette 6/29)
Woman dies after being beaten, burned on Crow Reservation (AP 6/28)

Related Stories:
Two charged for beating and setting woman from Crow Tribe on fire (6/23)
Crow Tribe demands justice after woman was found badly burned (6/13)

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