Local Motorcyclists Pay Tribute to Fallen Riders

JANESVILLE (WIFR) --The motorcycle community comes together tonight to honor the victims killed on a stateline highway. This comes just a day after police catch the suspect who they say left the men to die. Now friends and strangers gathered to pay their respects.

"We all share a common passion and that passion is being on two wheels."

It's that passion that's bringing dozens of motorcyclists to this crash site off Highway 14 near Janesville.

"When you ride a motorcycle it's like a brotherhood," says Robert Campbell, a rider.

Dozens of motorcyclists rode into town, some as far as Milwaukee, to pay their respects to 18 year old Devin Julius and 24 year old Mitchell Vance.

"90% of the people here don't even know the fallen riders," said Jose Massas, who organized the memorial ride.

Now pictures and helmets sit at the memorial where investigators say 24 year old Sambath Pal hit both men when he crossed the center line Easter Sunday.

Yet even in tragedy, Robert Campbell says strangers are turning into friends to come together and honor fallen riders.

"It means a lot because a lot of fellow, if someone falls down you got all of your support, even if you don't know them," said Campbell.

Campbell says he rode with Vance a few times and although he didn't know him personally he says he had a great spirit.

"He was a cool guy very genuine nice, easy going type of person. Would help you out if you need."

There's also a Devin Julius Memorial Cruise Sunday morning. It starts at 11 a.m. at Freedom High School and ends at the crash site around 2:30 p.m.


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