The family of Steve Mesic — the man who was shot and killed by Hamilton Police back in June — is holding a memorial motorcycle ride in his name on Friday.
"Steve loved to ride and enjoyed riding to Port Dover for the Friday 13th bike event," said Norm Dorr, the father of Mesic's Fiancée, Sharon. "In memory of Steve we are having the first annual memorial ride on Friday."
Mesic, 42, died on June 7 after a confrontation with police. After checking himself out of a voluntary mental health care program at St. Joseph's Healthcare, Mesic was seen wandering in traffic on the Lincoln Alexander Parkway by the Upper Wentworth Street ramps.
After telling him to get off the road, two officers confronted Mesic in a grassy embankment next to his home. The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) says he was shot several times. The official investigation is still ongoing.
The memorial motorcycle ride starts at T.B McQuesten Park at Upper Wentworth and the Linc, and will take riders along parts of the Grand River and the winding roads along the shores of Lake Erie before stopping in Port Dover.
It will take about an hour and twenty minutes, Dorr says. "The ride is free, but donations are appreciated for Sharon Dorr and his unborn child due in October." Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the ride gets underway at 9:30 a.m.
There is also a raffle for a $40,000 "one-off custom military tribute bobber" motorcycle built by Dorr Enterprises. Tickets are $20. Proceeds go to the Second Chance House for Mental Relief operated by Joy Ministries of Niagara in Mesic's memory.
For online ride registration forms and more info and updates visit rememberingstevemesic.com.