It started with the expectations of just a few close friends on a bike ride to remember Amy Caprio.
Turns out hundreds of people were ready to bike in support of the officer killed in Baltimore County two weeks ago.
The support, according to planners, was overwhelming.
“I know Amy wouldn’t like this right now – she’d want us to move on with our lives, but it was supposed to rain really bad. However, it seems to be holding up right now and I’d like to think that’s her to some degree,” Tim Caprio, Amy’s widower, said.
A man of few words, Tim Caprio says his wife was watching over the hundreds at Jerusalem Mill at Gunpowder State Park.
The bikers responded through word of mouth, ready to do whatever they can for the Caprio family.
“This was the most appropriate tribute to her; doing something that she enjoyed – the outdoors and biking here. So I just felt that that was good way for us to remember her today,” John Wajer, an avid bike rider, said.
Officer Amy Caprio was killed last month, run over trying to stop a burglary in progress.
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“I had see her around, just running errands and I’d run into her a couple of times. Always very nice, polite, always had a great personality. [She’d say] ‘have a good day,’ something to say to boost somebody’s spirits when they need it,” Megan Alexander, one of the event organizers, said.
The memorial, mountain bike ride stretched for miles.
Both novice and advanced riders were on their wheels, committed to finishing – in honor of Amy.
“Do something nice for somebody. Pay it forward. That’s what I believe – speaking with Amy’s family and everything, I believe that’s what she would want,” Alexander said.
Local stores donated supplies to help out.
$15,000 have already been raised to go to the humane society – Amy’s favorite non-profit.
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