Large groups turn out for motorcycle ride to honor victim

FRANKLIN — Community members are showing their support for a family whose son was fatally stabbed in Racine County.  

Dozens of bikers geared up for the 2nd Annual Jonathan Kwiatkowski Memorial Ride to honor him.  He was killed in 2011. 

Proceeds from the ride go the Jonathan Kwiatkowski Memorial Fund.  His parents, Tim and Lori, are using the money to make a positive impact. 

“We’re using today’s event as kind of the kick-off of our give back to the community. We’ve set up a scholarship fund in Jonathan’s name,” said Tim Kwiatkowski. 

Ten scholarships will be awarded.  Jonathan’s parents say their son was always trying to help others.   His mother says her son signed up to be an organ donor when he first got his license.   His family and friends also hold a blood drive on Jonathan’s birthday. 

“The whole reason we focus on blood drives is because obviously, from this tragedy, my son had bled to death, and because of that, they were not able to use his organs and save other peoples’ lives,” said his mother, Lori Kwiatkowski.  

Eddie Malek has been a family friend for several years and he wanted to show his support, so he organized the event. 

“Last year’s was good and it just keeps growing.  I hope it gets bigger and bigger,” said Kwiatkowski.

Malek says it will be an annual tradition.

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