A memorial event for the seven motorcyclists killed last month in New Hampshire got a surprise visitor who pledged a huge donation over the weekend.
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft joined thousands of motorcyclists Saturday outside Gillette Stadium, where Kraft said he would donate $100,000 to a fund set up for the families of the victims.
“We are all patriots and you are the true patriots,” Kraft told the crowd.
Kraft met with members of the Jarheads Motorcycle Club, which lost five members and two supporters in the crash June 21 on Route 2 in Randolph, N.H.
Jarheads MC, a group for Marines and elite Navy Corpsmen, advertised the event on social media, saying donations for the “Fallen Seven” would be accepted at the gathering from noon to 5 p.m. in the Gillette Stadium parking lot in Foxborough, Mass.
Kraft offered the biggest donation of all, telling the crowd he was familiar with a GoFundMe page set up for the victims’ families with a goal of $700,000. The fund had received more than $566,000 in commitments on Sunday afternoon, not counting Kraft’s six-figure contribution.
RANDOLPH — Thousands of motorcyclists from New Hampshire and surrounding states took to the …
The five members of Jarheads MC and two women supporters were killed when a flatbed trailer pulled by a pickup truck slammed into the group on its way to an American Legion charity event on June 21.
The driver of the pickup, Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, has been charged with seven counts of negligent homicide and is being held without bail at the Coos County House of Correction in West Stewartstown.
The victims were Michael Ferazzi, 62, of Contoocook; Albert Mazza, 59, of Lee; Desma Oakes, 42, of Concord; Aaron Perry, 45, of Farmington; Daniel Pereira, 58, of Riverside, R.I.; and Joanne and Edward Corr, both 58, of Lakeville, Mass.
Checks made payable to “Jarheads MC” may be sent to: Jarheads MC, P.O. Box 362, Marlborough, Mass., 01752. The online donation site can be found here: gofundme.com/jarheads-mc-victims-and-families-support.
“The legal process will likely be long, and we don’t know how much financial help we can receive from those actions, so every bit helps,” a post on the GoFundMe page reads. “There are medical expenses, and numerous other burdens that come from the loss of a loved one.”