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Bikers Call For End To Violence During Annual Peace Ride

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Saturday’s beautiful weather brought out about 60 bikers for the sixth annual Ride 4 Peace Unity Ride.

The motorcycles took off from the Three Rivers Harley-Davison on Route 8 in Glenshaw and ended at Eastminster Church in East Liberty.

This is Andre Jones’ first year participating.

“I learned at an early life there’s two sides of the tracks. It’s whether or not you want to cross the other side of the tracks,” Jones said.

Jones is a member of the Western Pennsylvania Motorcycle Club.

“This is an awesome event to show the youth that there are many different avenues other than the violence and what not that’s been going on in our neighborhoods,” Jones said.

Pastor Cornell Jones with Iron Cross Community Ministries is the brains behind the Unity Ride.

“I just want to show them another way. Another method of dealing with, you know, life and not everyone around you is the enemy. We believe in a brother’s keeper’s mentality and really taking care of each other and sharpening each other’s iron,” Pastor Jones said.

This is the message the bikers are trying to send out. They rode through the neighborhoods of the city that have been dealing with violence.

Connie Moore lost her only child to gun violence in January.

“I’m just asking for justice,” Moore said.

Moore’s son, Hosea Davis, was gunned down in broad daylight in Larimer.

Investigators say the 37-year-old was shot in the back at least 16 times. Police have a warrant out for the arrest of Rodney Howard, Jr. A billboard with Davis’ face stands at the corner of Lincoln and Frankstown Avenue in Larimer.

“It’s a blessing to know that people are coming out trying to come together, trying to stop the violence because that’s what it’s all about. We can’t do it by ourselves,” Moore said.

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