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Ride to benefit Westside Memorial Gardens

Bikes lined up for Westside Memorial Ride and Benefit. (Source: Chris Scott) Bikes lined up for Westside Memorial Ride and Benefit. (Source: Chris Scott)
Westside Memorial Ride and Benefit has raised over $29,000 in four years. (Source: Chris Scott) Westside Memorial Ride and Benefit has raised over $29,000 in four years. (Source: Chris Scott)
Corey Jackson will provide entertainment at benefit for Westside memorial. (Source: Chris Scott) Corey Jackson will provide entertainment at benefit for Westside memorial. (Source: Chris Scott)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Chris Scott remembers the fateful day a fire alarm led students to exit Westside Middle School and into the direct path of bullets which killed four students and a teacher on March 24, 1998.

"I was in the fifth grade when the shooting happened and my wife as in the sixth grade," Scott said. "I think it affected everybody in the area."

Scott never forgot the pain etched on everyone's faces that day. A memorial garden was established in memory of teacher Shannon Wright and students: Natalie Brooks, Paige Ann Herring, Stephanie Johnson and Brittheny Varner.

"Five years ago, me and my wife went out to the garden," Scott said. "It has become overgrown and wasn’t really maintained. So we talked with the school and figured out that there really wasn't a fund set up. We came up with this benefit."

Nineteen years after the shooting, weathering on the sundial has been fixed and basic maintenance has continued, thanks to money raised by the Westside Memorial Ride and Benefit.

"We've raised a little over $29,000," Scott said. "We've got a new deck out. We've been able to redo the sundial, the prayer pole. All we like is just finishing up the basics."

The fifth annual memorial ride and benefit continues on Saturday, March 18 with registration at 9 a.m.

"We will do a moment of silence at 12:41 p.m.," Scott said. "That's when the first 911 call was received."

The cost of the motorcycle ride is $20 person; $30 for a couple.

"That includes the ride and BBQ afterward and the concert with Corey Jackson," Scott said. "We will be giving away door prizes. It's a family-friendly event. Kids 10 and under get in free and get to eat."

Donations can also be mailed to Earl Webster, P.O. Box 3, Cash, AR 72421. For more information, contact Robert Webster at (870) 243-0216 or Chris Scott at (870) 219-1687.

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