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Motorcyclists ride 2 hours in Valley to honor Trayvon Martin



Published: Sun, April 8, 2012 @ 5:03 p.m.

Motorcyclists ride 2 hours in Valley to honor Trayvon Martin

By ELISE McKEOWN SKOLNICK

news@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

They didn’t know Trayvon Martin, and they live more than 1,000 miles from where he was shot and killed, but that didn’t stop members of area motorcycle clubs from joining a national ride of support to honor his memory.

Members of about seven clubs met Sunday at the Joker’s Wrath Motorcycle Club on Market Street for a two-hour ride. There was no fee to participate, but many bikers paid $10, with the money going to Martin’s family.

Martin was killed Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla., by George Zimmerman, a member of a block watch, who contends he was assaulted by the unarmed teen and shot him in self-defense.

The issue has sparked protests nationwide. Zimmerman has not been charged with a crime.

“Everybody here is a parent,” said Tyla “Sixtwo” Smith, secretary of the Joker’s Wrath club. “Nobody wants to get that call in the morning. We’re just here to raise awareness, just for justice.”

If the shooting “was right, it was right, but if it was wrong, it was wrong,” she added. “So we just want to make sure that we pay attention. This can happen to any of us; it can happen to any of our children. And we just want to let the family know that we’re here for them, no matter what the outcome.”

Read the full story Monday in The Vindicator and on Vindy.com.


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