Who was the first man killed by Billy the Kid?
Fountain Hills, Arizona
The story goes that Frank “Windy” Cahill, a civilian blacksmith at Arizona’s Fort Grant, took some pleasure in bullying the teenage Henry Antrim, who became known as Billy the Kid. On August 17, 1877, the Kid fought back—with a pistol. Cahill died from his wounds. The Kid fled to New Mexico where he became a cowboy, a rustler and—eventually—a legend.
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