Memorial ride in honor of Pulaski Co. brothers

PULASKI CO, Ky. (WKYT) - A group of bikers rode together today to remember two brothers killed in a tragic accident one year ago.

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office told WKYT, back in February of 2013, that 19-year-old Kody Thacker accidentally shot his 24-year-old brother Kyle, then turned the gun on himself.

Saturday's memorial ride was a celebration of those young men's lives.

"We want to celebrate the way they lived more than the event that occurred," says Bill Kleckner, who participated in the memorial ride.

Bikers like Bill Kleckner gathered at the Man O'War Harley Davidson in Lexington Saturday for a ride of remembrance.

They're raising funds for scholarships in Kody and Kyle Thacker's name.

Back in 2013, the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office told us Kody picked up a gun. They say that gun accidentally discharged, and shot his brother Kyle, who was sleeping close by. They think Kody Thacker was so distraught that he then killed himself.

Family and friends set up scholarship funds at Eastern Kentucky University and Somerset Community College to honor the young men.
The owner of Man O'War Harley Davidson, Jim Bentley, is helping contribute to those funds.

"Businesses are part of the community, so it's just a way to pay it back. Or to pay it forward I guess, to keep it going," Bentley says.

Organizers are hoping to do the memorial ride and fundraiser next year.

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