JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Motorcycles revved up Saturday for the 3rd annual Westside Memorial Ride.
Four students and one teacher were killed on March 24, 1998. A memorial stands outside the school in honor of the lives lost. It serves as a gathering place for family members and friends to grieve alongside the survivors.
The ride raises money to help with the upkeep of the memorial garden.
More than 100 bikes gathered at Westside Middle School to take a ride in memory of the lives lost in 1998. At 12:41 p.m., the time when the first 911 call was made, the crowd took a moment of silence.
The Cache River Warriors sponsor the ride that started at Westside Middle School and concluded at the old Cash Gym. After the ride, there was a concert and barbeque dinner.
Topher Scott, Cache River Warrior member, said they want to help maintain the memorial because it's a day that shouldn't be forgotten.
"These gardens aren't just for looks, or anything," Scott said. "It's to preserve the lives that were lost that day so they won't be forgotten. The family members that lost those lives, they're not going to forget."
Scott said they hope to get the gardens back to looking their best. They are projected to raise nearly $10,000 from the fundraiser.
Scott says something special about the ride is that it's not a poker run. He said it's a ride around the Westside grounds all about riding together and remembering those who are no longer with them.