Bike Ride Intended To Offer Help And Support

Saturday, December 8th 2007, 4:30 pm
By: News On 6

A mother who lost her son two years ago is reaching out to a Broken Arrow family whose daughter was victim to a rape and kidnapping. The News On 6’s Dan Bewley reports a group of bikers are trying to keep the girl's story on the front page. Police call her the Broken Arrow Angel, a 5-year old girl who was taken from her own front yard, sexually assaulted, and then dumped miles from her home. Now a mother who knows the pain of a suffering child is offering help and support.

Under the gray, December sky, the riders were bundled up, prepping for a chilly ride.

“Ain't no big deal compared to what they've been through. A little suffering here is a lot better than what they've been through,” said Chad Bradley.

Chad Bradley is talking about the family of a Broken Arrow 5-year-old who was abducted in September from in front of her home. Police say she was sexually assaulted, then abandoned in Wagoner County.

“It becomes our pain, the community's pain and so I just wanted to do something special for the family,” said organizer Kellynn Thoene.

Kellynn Thoene knows of pain. Her son died in a motorcycle crash two years ago.

The Aloha Ride honors his memory, while the riders donate money for the Broken Arrow family. Vickey Darby helped organize the ride and has been in touch with the family and the little girl.

“She really likes motorcycles and she was really excited about the thought of this,” said friend of the family, Vickey Darby.

While no one has been arrested, police in Broken Arrow continue to track down leads. Just this week, Broken Arrow Police hired two retired officers to focus solely on the case. Vickey Darby says the family is still struggling, but slowly recovering.

“Day to day, the mother tells me. There's good days, there's bad days, and there's days that have both,” said Darby.

Kellynn Thoene hopes the ride keeps the little angel's story in the minds of Tulsans, in hopes justice finds whoever's responsible.

A $150,000 reward is on the table for the man's arrest and conviction, anyone with information is asked to call the Broken Arrow tip line at 259-1111. Organizers of Saturday’s ride say the money raised will go to the girl's family to do with as they please.

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