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Bikers ride in memory of murdered toddler

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

Riders came roaring into a Lexington parking lot after hours of crossing Eastern Kentucky roadways.

"Oh, it was awesome! Such a good feeling," said Lisa Wendling.

These hundred or more bikers were on more than just a Saturday ride, they were revving their engines with a mission.

"We need to stop child abuse," stated Jason Carroll, member of the Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA).

"Sometimes bikers get the wrong name, but these guys come out to support the kids, they're just a great bunch," added Germaine Hobbs, a part of the Borrowed Angels Charity Riders.

Hobbs and others organized the fourth annual Katelynn Stinnett Memorial Ride Against Child Abuse, named after a Lexington two-year-old that was raped and murdered by her babysitter, Brian Crabtree, in 2008. Crabtree pled guilty to rape, murder and sodomy and was sentenced to life in prison in the fall of 2011.

This story moved many to pick up the cause.

"That any child should have to go through what she (Katelynn) went through is unbelievable. We don't ever want to see that happen again," said Hobbs, whose group vows to put an end to these crimes against children.

"As a whole, we can make some difference somewhere, and one difference in a child's life is worth it," said Wendling, after she finished her first memorial ride.

While their 90 mile ride was cut short by rain in parts of the state, the group made several stops to speak out about their cause. Other bikers also raised money through donations, like Dean Burgess and his wife, Michael, who asked for donations to sign their t-shirts for the ride.

"I've always loved to ride and to be able to come together with this many people, especially for this cause, it was an awesome ride!" exclaimed Dean Burgess.

These riders may have come out in support for Katelynn, but they know it's just about this two-year-old. There are many others that are trapped in abusive cases. Which is why they boast in their motto, "Silence is not an Option."

"It's nice to see so many people who understand it's bigger than just our most precious Borrowed Angel, Katelynn," said Sheila Shain, another organizer with the Borrowed Angels Charity Riders.

"These loud pipes are their voice. We're what speaks up for them," stated Carroll.

This group hopes their message was heard loud and clear.

Tonight, the organizers held an auction with all of the proceeds going to the Children's Advocacy of the Bluegrass, the Buckhorn Children & Family Services, and the Bikers Against Child Abuse.

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