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Augusta County Motorcyclists Ride in Honor of Dustyn Fitzgerald

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The Augusta County community continues to rally around the family of a young boy killed in a house fire two weekends ago in Dooms.

Neighbors and complete strangers are celebrating 11-year-old Dustyn Fitzgerald's life with an activity he loved.

Motorcycle clubs joined forces on Saturday to ride in memory of Dustyn, and to raise money for family members trying to piece back their life after a house fire destroyed everything.

Larry Groah, a motorcyclist, said, "Today it's all about coming together and raising some money."

The Fitzgerald family came out to watch the riders take off on their 83 mile journey. One motorcyclist says each ride takes on its own meaning and this one's belongs to Dustyn.

"This ride has more meaning for the family than the ride itself," said Groah. 

The parents of the young boy say it's the support from the community that has helped them stay strong.

"We just wanted to show our appreciation and support for the family and this can be a great ride today. We've got a lot of people out here, we've got a lot of good food that after the ride and it's all about benefit to raise money for the family," said motorcyclist Ruth Martin.

The bikers put the event together in a matter of days and say they couldn't be more happy with the turnout. They were also able to raise $670 for the family to use for clothing and anything else they need.

Dustyn's mom says her son loved motorcycles so the ride was a perfect way to keep his memory alive.

The ride on Saturday was just one of several fundraisers the community has put on to help support the family. The Little Caesar's in Waynesboro is also accepting donations for the family.

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