Hundreds of Bikers Participate in Memorial Ride for Chattanooga Shooting Victims

Jul 20, 2015

Bikers gather in the Sportsman's Warehouse parking lot on Lee Highway.
Credit Michael Edward Miller

It began on Facebook--a call for bikers to come pray for Chattanooga.

More than 300 bikers adorned their motorcycles with American flags and lined up in a strip mall parking lot across the street from a Naval recruitment center, which was the first of two mass shooting sites in Chattanooga.

The bikers drove somberly past the center, then continued to Amnicola Highway, past the site where a second round of shootings killed four Marines and one Navy officer.

The bikers came from all around the region, including Knoxville and Huntsville, Alabama.  In this segment, we speak with Marine veteran Willie Simmons, a member of the Semper Fi Riders.  The group is a nonprofit that does charity work, and they drove a hundred miles to be in Chattanooga for this memorial ride.