Community holds vigil for 5 cyclists killed in Thursday’s crash

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A community continues to mourn after five cyclists were killed and three more were hurt after they were hit by a box truck earlier this week. 

The crash happened Thursday morning, off U.S. 95 just south of Boulder City. 

The Clark County office of the medical examiner and coroner said the cyclists were all from Las Vegas and included 39 year-old Erin Michelle Ray, 57-year-old Michael Todd Murray, 48-year-old Aksoy Ahmet, 57-year-old Thomas Chamberlin Trauger, and 41-year-old Gerrard Suarez Nieva.

Crowds of people gathered in front of the “Ghost Bike” sculpture at Las Vegas Cyclery all day, to pay their respects to those who were killed.  

The piles of flowers and tributes were all to honor the five cyclists that were lost this week.  

The vigil started at 10 a.m. with an incredible outpouring of love and support from the local cycling community. 

At one point, a group of cyclists rode through the vigil silently to honor those who died.  

Family, friends, and community members then gathered to place flowers, write down memories and support each other.  

Local leaders in the cycling community spoke about the impact this has had on everyone, and how they are going to move forward together.  

8 News Now spoke to the step-daughter of Michael Murray, one of the cyclists that was killed. 

She said he started cycling about 10 years ago, and it saved his life.  

“I feel like it’s tough for everybody, you know. This is an amazing human. He had a huge impact with his faith, his recovery, his sobriety, and he was an awesome guy,” said Tiffany Cross. “It was hard not to like him, you know. I feel like right now we’re just kind of reminiscing on the time that we did have with him, and just making sure he knows how loved he was.” 

Many friends and colleagues of the victims came by to pay their respects. 

The owner of a local mobile bike repair company says he spoke to Erin Ray, one of the victims, the night before the crash. Ray was a brand ambassador and is remembered as being a leader in the local cycling community and a top athlete.  

“She was a dynamo, she was only about this tall. I’m only about 5’7” and she’s about 5’4”, but fast as all could be,” said Tracey Fossen. “Anytime we do events, we’d sponsor the triathlon events in Vegas, she’s always up at the top of the podium. She was a top finisher all the time.” 

Break Away Cycling is collecting donations. All of the proceeds will go to the families of the victims. Donations can be made HERE.

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