"Ride of Silence" to Honor Three Bicyclists Killed in Abilene Last Year

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - Three bicyclists killed after being struck by vehicles in Abilene last year will be honored in a "Ride of Silence" later this month.

The ride, hosted at McMurry University, will take place on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, with pre-ride ceremonies beginning at 6:40 p.m. The Abilene Police department is asking riders to arrive by 6:15 p.m. for instruction. 

Participants are asked to meet at parking lot north of Radford Auditorium on the McMurry University campus in south Abilene for the start and finish of the ride. The ride is free to anyone who wishes to attend. 

The Abilene Police Department says the ride, which will be slow and silent, will be six miles long. Riders must wear helmets and maintain a pace of 10-to-12 miles per hour. 

Three bicyclists killed in Abilene last year, Augustine Salazar, 55Valentin Grigory Papadin, 65, and Casey Ellis, 21, will be recognized before the ride, according to the Abilene Police Department. 

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