The Jeffersonville, Indiana News and Tribune and television stations WHAS and WLKY in Louisville have reported that 30 members of the Iron Order Motorcycle Club held a fund-raising ride for a homeless, 12-year-old seventh grader named Ray Etheridge who was murdered by a homeless 21-year-old named Joseph Cambron on September 30.
The News and Tribune reported that Terri Collins, a family friend of the Etheridges, was surprised to learn about the ride. “I don’t know how it got started. I had no idea,” she said.
R.J. Slaymaker, an Iron Order spokesman, told WHAS, “It was a tragic death that happened and we wanted to do something to pay respects to the child, to the family, and also bring awareness to this for future instances that child abuse and stuff like that. There’s always people willing to come together and maybe make the public more aware of when situations like this arise.”
Iron Order patch holder Greg Robinson, rode with a photo of the dead boy attached to his windshield. “It’s an important cause,” Robinson explained. “It never should have happened. Sure, it’s the same as it happens everywhere around the world, but it happened here. We’re coming out for the family.”
Slaymaker told the paper that the ride raised “more than $3,100.” He didn’t say how the ride raised the money and he didn’t know what the club would do with it. The paper reported “they might donate the money to a charity in Etheridge’s name.”
Braving The Elements
The weather was cloudy in Louisville Saturday. Jerod Clapp, who reported the event for the News and Tribune led with “Gray skies threatened to pour all day, but no matter the weather, the Iron Order wasn’t going to park their bikes and postpone their ride for Ray Etheridge.”
“We were going to do this rain or shine,” Slaymaker told the paper. “We rode (Friday) to plan the route and it rained the whole time.”
The ride began at a Louisville bar and restaurant called The Monkey Wrench and ended at restaurant called the 19th Green in Jeffersonville. Google suggests three routes for the ride between those two locations. The rides range from 8.6 to 9.7 miles in length. Google estimates the rides should take between 14 and 19 minutes to complete.