Correction: Kentucky-Shooting Anniversary story
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — In a Nov. 25 story about the anniversary of a fatal shooting at a sports and motorcycle event in Kentucky, The Associated Press misspelled the name of Louisville’s mayor. It’s Greg Fischer, not Fisher.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Kentucky sports and motorcycle event resumes after shooting
The Juice Bowl, an annual Kentucky sports and motorcycle tradition dating back to the 1950s, was a little more subdued after a shooting at last year’s event left two people dead
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Juice Bowl, an annual Kentucky sports and motorcycling tradition dating back to the 1950s, was a little more subdued after a shooting at last year’s event left two people dead.
The Courier-Journal reports Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, who was about 200 yards from last year’s gunfire, was back for the Thanksgiving football games this year, enjoying food, music and laughter.
A small group gathered at midfield to release memorial balloons.
Louisville Police said last year’s shooting took place after a dispute between people who had gathered at Shawnee Park but weren’t there to watch the games. Wallace Wales, who was among those injured when a bullet shattered a bone in his hand, returned for this year’s gathering.
“I’m a biker,” said Wallace, 68. “I didn’t hesitate about coming back.”
But for many others, the heightened police attention following last year’s shooting, led them to forgo returning to this year’s motorcycle gathering.
“It’s a lot less fun,” said Mike “Book” White. “I don’t mind the police presence, but let us race. It’s a tradition.”
White said he decided against racing his shiny red Suzuki Hayabusa motorcycle. Many of his high school classmates and friends were no-shows this year, he said.
Donald “Doc Holiday” Burrus served as an unofficial greeter as riders entered the park.
“You can burn rubber, but you can’t drag,” he said. “Eat, drink and be merry — the party goes on!”
Burrus was friends with one of last year’s victims, 32-year-old William “Biggs” McKee, who police said was shot by Michael “Marlo” Carter. Carter tried to flee after the shooting, but was shot by others. His killing remains unsolved.
DaeDae Miller, the head of the Str8 Ryderz motorcycle club, couldn’t bring himself to attend this year’s event after riding to the park with McKee last year.
“It was going to be too much,” he said.
No major disturbances were reported at this year’s event.