Hundreds of bikers converge on Springfield for memorial Hailey Owens ride


by CBS News

Posted on February 24, 2014 at 6:29 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 24 at 7:01 PM

(KMOV) – Hundreds of motorcycle riders converged on Springfield, Mo. Sunday to show an outpouring of support for the family of a 10-year-old girl who was allegedly kidnapped and killed last week.

Adorned with pink and purple ribbons, 1,500 riders hit the road starting at the American Legion on Scenic. The ride then circled the city of Springfield.

Each rider said they were touched by the community’s loss of Hailey Owens on Feb. 18.

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“It’s just everywhere you go, you talk to people in restaurants and that kind of thing and everybody knows about the story and it’s just a sad story,” said Rickey Martin.

“I couldn’t imagine losing a child, especially to that kind of crime,” said another rider, Jackie Thompson, who has two sons.

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Craig Michael Wood, 45, is charged with first-degree murder and kidnapping in the fourth-grader’s death.

He is being held without bond.

The Springfield News-Leader reports visitation for Hailey Owens will be Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. at Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Springfield. The funeral will be Wednesday at 2 p.m., also at the church.

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