Motorcycle ride to benefit Kzoo shooting victims’ families, survivors

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek
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PORTAGE, Mich. (WOOD) — A community motorcycle ride to raise money for the survivors and families of the victims in the Kalamazoo shooting rampage will take place this weekend.

The Perry Harley Davidson Community Memorial Ride begins at 11 a.m. Saturday at Perry Harley Davidson, located at 5331 S. Sprinkle Road in Portage.

The event is open to the public. It costs $10 for a single rider and $15 with a passenger.

Those who would like to participate can register starting at 9 a.m. the day of the ride or can preregister online. J’Harvey’s BBQ will also be on-site selling food and refreshments, as well as a DJ.

Organizers are expecting up to 400 motorcycles for the two-hour round trip.

“We’ve been in so many different locations in Kalamazoo, so many community members know us, we just felt like we really had to do something to pull the community together,” said Randi Knill, the marketing manager at Perry Harley Davidson.

Knill said all motorcycles are welcome and even those who don’t own a bike can come out and enjoy the food and music.

Top, left to right: Judy Brown, Barbara Hawthorne and Mary Jo Nye. Bottom, left to right: Mary Lou Nye, Rich Smith and Tyler Smith.

All proceeds will be distributed to the Kalamazoo shooting survivors and families of the victims through the Kalamazoo Community Foundation.

Six people were killed in the Feb. 20 shooting rampage: Mary Jo Nye, Mary Lou Nye, Dorothy Brown, Barbara Hawthorne, and father and son Rich and Tyler Smith. Abbie Kopf, 14, and Tiana Carruthers, 25, were seriously injured and continue to recover.

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