RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Thursday night, an entire community gathered to remember a local man killed in a horrific accident. Ken Jefferson was a motorcycle rider from Chesterfield County. Jefferson and another biker died after a truck driver hit them in North Carolina less than one week ago.
Bike after bike after bike pulled in to the Beer Thirty Bar and Grill all to support a man many here had never met.
“I didn’t know him personally, but he was a biker and I am a biker and we all have that in common,” said Henry Davis Jr. who attended the fundraiser.
A common trait many here say, “runs run deep and unites them as one.”
“We try to support things like this, heard he was a great guy, didn’t know him at all,” said Lisa Postic, who also attended the fundraiser.
The fundraiser was organized by a fellow motorcycle club, or MC, called the Lady Unity Rydaz. The organizer of tonight’s fundraiser say the money will go to Jefferson’s family.
“I’m quite sure the loss of a loved one is a financial burden,” said Erica Williams who organized the event.
Jefferson’s family was in attendance tonight, sporting buttons with his face on them, they did not want to speak on camera but tell 8News the overwhelming support from the community is helping them grieve.
“Whatever goes on in the MC community is associated with everyone, it hurts everyone, so one fall, we all fall,” said Williams.
“We’re here for each other, to give them an encouraging word and tomorrow will be a brighter day, hopefully,” said Davis.
We’re still waiting to learn how much money was raised. People have donated nearly $4,000 to a GoFundMe set up for Jefferson.
Jefferson’s funeral will be held this Saturday at 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church in Richmond.
Stay with 8News for more on this developing story.