Motorcycles ride in memory of J.D. Paugh

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News 12 at 6 O'clock / Sunday, October 13, 2013

Augusta, G.a (WRDW) - A bike is all that's left phsysically, along with a life time full of memories.

"It's one of the things that really represented who J.D. was," said Robert Paugh, J.D's brother.

On October 23, 2011, J.D. Paugh and his families life would change forever after a routine traffic stop went terribly wrong.

A man opened fire taking J.D.'s life.

Almost two years later, his brother, only three months into riding motorcycles, will sit where J.D. used to ride.

"You know, it would be a nice tribute to my brother to learn to ride his bike, keep here, keep it in some of the rides for a while," he said.

More than 175 bikers rode the 60 mile loop around Augusta.

"It's almost as if it's bigger this year, than it was last year," said Robert.

"When you can get together for J.D, it's always a big event," another biker said.

Friends and family gathered to remember a part of the Augusta community.

"J.D. died at the peak of his life, he knew a lot of people and impacted a lot of peoples lives," said Robert.

Including this woman, his mother, Anita Paugh. She's riding for her son for the first time.

"It makes makes me realize how many people really loved him," said Anita Paugh.

And that love is what Robert knows will be sitting with him on this ride.

"It's a connection to my brother, he'll be riding with me I guess, I hope," said Robert.