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'Ghost bike' built in memory of Broke Spoke volunteer

Allen Kirkwood came to the Broke Spoke Community  Bike Shop on Saturday morning to help build the "ghost bike" in memory of his friend.  
Tiffany, left, and Jennifer (daughters of Kerr) watched Kirkwood spray on a coat of white paint on the bike.
Allen Kirkwood came to the Broke Spoke Community Bike Shop on Saturday morning to help build the "ghost bike" in memory of his friend. Tiffany, left, and Jennifer (daughters of Kerr) watched Kirkwood spray on a coat of white paint on the bike. Herald-Leader

Family and friends of Thomas "Rick" Kerr built a "ghost bike" in his memory Saturday at the Broke Spoke Community Bike Shop in Lexington.

Kerr, 53, died Thursday after he was rear-ended by a Chevy Blazer while riding his bicycle on Russell Cave Road. Kerr was a volunteer at the Broke Spoke, which refurbishes old bikes for the needy, and he acquired his own bike there.

Denise Kerr, his widow, said she and her daughters Jennifer and Tiffany will attend a dedication of the ghost bike memorial on Russell Cave Road at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The Broke Spoke "has just been unbelievably wonderful to us, the outpouring of support and love and kindness that they have shown us since Thursday," Denise Kerr said. "My two daughters and I have felt such love from that community. And I know that it meant so much to Rick."

The Broke Spoke is accepting donations to help pay for Kerr's burial expenses, Denise Kerr said. The organization can be reached by email at info@thebrokespoke.org or at its physical address, 501 West Sixth Street, No. 130, Lexington, Ky. 40508.

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