Motorcyclists ride for Edgecombe Co. murder victims

July 27, 2012 8:20:55 PM PDT
A motorcycle ride was held Friday evening to remember five women found murdered along an Edgecombe County road.

The bodies were discovered between 2007 and last year.

About a dozen motorcyclists and several community members were slightly delayed by the weather but they began their trek just after 9 p.m. to raise awareness about a grand total of nine women and the possible link to a serial killer.

The Street Soldiers Bike Club used their anniversary to enlighten others about a string of unsolved murders involving women. Their destination was about 30 minutes away at Seven Bridges Road, which is an area known for drugs and prostitution.

That's where, between 2007 and 2011, authorities identified five women's bodies found there. All of the women had similar backgrounds and physical appearances.

Last year, a jury convicted Antwan Pittman of the first-degree murder of one of the women, 28-year-old Taraha Nicholson. However, the community has grown restless because the other murders remain unsolved.

"We want people to sort of be patient and it's easy for me to say be patient not being my family member but I still have hope they'll find out who actually done these killings," said biker Alaric Hopkins.

"Maybe one day someone will think of something and spark their mind and say 'Look, call the sheriff's department or Rocky Mount Police Department' and say this is what I seen," said biker Terrance Dickens.

The bikers are hoping for better weather Saturday. They are planning to hold another charity ride and a cookout in Tarboro. All of the proceeds will go to the victims' families.

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