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Jacksonville motorcycle groups take memorial ride to vigil for biker killed in hit-and-run

28-year-old Lester "Nico" Bagalihog was killed Thursday when a driver hit him at a red light.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Flowers and candles form a memorial for Nico Bag-a-lee-ho at the spot where he was killed during a hit and run crash Thursday.

Jacksonville's biker community is coming together to support his family and friends as they go through this.

"He's a very, very good person, and a loving person," said Nelson Ramos during the vigil. "It's just a tragedy."

Ramos nearly lost a son this week.

His son, Bryan Ramos, was riding his motorcycle on Beach Boulevard when a driver hit him from behind.

Ramos survived his injuries. His friend, Nico Bagalihog, who was riding with him died at the hospital.

"Now you rest Nico, and be at peace, be able to ride and watch over us," said a fellow Jacksonville biker during the vigil. "May God bless us and keep us all safe."

Biker groups from throughout Jacksonville kicked up their kickstands and took a memorial ride in Nico's memory.

Many of them didn't even know Nico, but they felt compelled to be a part of the tribute.

"When it comes to two wheels, the whole community comes together," said Biker Neel Mirpuri. "It's not just because we ride, it comes from the heart."

The man accused of killing Nico, Edwin Rumaldo Amaya, made his first appearance in court just hours before the vigil.

He's being held on $800,000 bond and faces three charges including vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of a deadly crash and driving without a license.

His arraignment is set for June 20th.

Ramos thinks Nico would be pleased to see how much of Jacksonville's motorcycle community came out to celebrate his life.

"These people around here, there's so many," said Ramos. "He knows that these people love him and are concerned about him."

Several of Jacksonville's biker groups plan to come together again for another memorial ride for Nico in a couple of weeks.

They plan to set up a permanent memorial for Nico at the spot he was killed as a reminder of the life that was lost.


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