It's been three months since Corporal BJ Luxmore was killed in Afghanistan.
Today, riders came out to remember BJ and help raise money for the wounded warriors and BJ Luxmore Memorial Fund.
"He was a great leader and very motivated kid," says Herb Farver, an organizer of the ride. Farver played football with Luxmore in high school.
Friends, teammates and neighbors biked 82 miles today, reflecting on the loss of their hometown quarterback and hero.
"BJ was an outstanding individual," Farver adds. "Words cannot describe the level of gratitude I have for him for what's he's done for his country and giving the ultimate sacrifice."
The Sherrard graduate had only been in the army for a year when he was killed by enemy fire.
In a close knit community, Matherville, a town of 700, also held a craft fair and concert to help raise money.
"It's a sad day," says David Flickinger, Matherville Fire Chief. "You know you want to try to help out the family as best as you can so this is one way we can help hopefully."
Friends of Luxmore's family say the local support has been incredible.
"To know that people are still standing behind you, we cannot know their grief but we can support them and in anyway possible," says Beverly Wassenhove, Illinois Patriot Guard. "If this will help them through their grief, it's wonderful."
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