WESTMINSTER, Colo. -- Several thousand people drove their cars and motorcycles through Westminster Sunday to remember Jessica Ridgeway.
The body of the 10-year-old girl, who was abducted on her way to school, was discovered earlier this month. The memorial cruise was organized to help raise money for her family.
“My heart just goes out to the family," said Tom Scofield, one of those who took part. "It just tore my heart to see that happen and I thought this is just a great way to come out and try to support her and her family."
The cruise evolved from a Facebook page that was created in Jessica's honor soon after her disappearance.
Drivers and bikers, some of them sporting vintage machines, met near Highway 36 and Church Ranch Rd. at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Each paid $20 to drive or ride the 10-mile-long route which included a loop around Jessica's neighborhood.
"We're here for a good cause man, it's a good thing," said one motorcyclist.
"It's just awesome how the community's come together for this one little girl," said Linda McKenzie-Doyle. "It's awesome."
"It's way bigger than we ever anticipated it to be," said Kimberly Bowman, one of the event organizers.
"We're hoping we'll be able to present them with a pretty good-sized check."
It's believed close to $40,000 was raised. Jessica's family plans to hold cheerleading camps and conduct other projects in her honor.
Story by Hendrik Sybrandy