Kern Co. motorcyclists ride to support shooting victim

January 26, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
A mother is speaking publicly for the first time since authorities say a 16-year-old student shot her son at a South Valley high school.

The attack sent Bowe Cleveland to the hospital in critical condition and also injured a teacher who later convinced the gunman to surrender.

Kern County motorcyclists came together for the wildcat run, a morning ride to support the town of Taft, a town that continues to heal from the school shooting there more than two weeks ago.

Ride for Taft participant Trent Unruh said, "Taft's a small town, Kern County is a small area if you think about it. There are a lot of people, we all know each other and we just want to show people that we do support each other."

The ride started at Taft Union High School and led to Bowe Cleveland - the victim of that tragic morning - who is still healing at the Kern Medical Center.

As he continues to heal it is events like this ride that are helping him, his family and the town of Taft recover.

Cleveland Bowe's mother Leah Cleveland said, "I have amazing friends and support and I can never repay them for all they have done for me and given me peace, given my family peace."

The ride raised $20 per bike and $5 a passenger.

All the money raised was going to be allocated for scholarships for students involved and just to help promote anti-violence as much as possible.

Bowe Cleveland's mother was humbled by the outpouring of support today.

"We are very pleased at all of the people that have been involved and want Bowe home, just like we do," she said.


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