By Lethbridge Herald on April 23, 2017.
Biker group helps commemorate loss
Members of the Lethbridge Chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A) were joined by the public Saturday for a memorial motorcycle ride in honour of nine-month-old Austin Wright, whose life was taken almost one year ago.
On April 28, 2016, Lethbridge EMS responded to a call that a baby was in medical distress. He was pronounced dead at hospital.
After an autopsy was performed, police were made aware that Wright had died of blunt force trauma not consistent to a fall.
Tyler Brian Hogan, a former boyfriend of Austin’s mother, has been charged with second-degree murder. A preliminary hearing is underway.
On Saturday, Austin’s family was showered with support from B.A.C.A. The crowd gathered at Henderson Lake at 12:30 p.m. and Austin’s family said a prayer and a few words before making their way to Fort Macleod and back on a group ride.
Susan Roth was surrounded by members of B.A.CA as she fought back tears speaking about her grandson.
“Not a day goes by in which we haven’t thought about and haven’t shed many tears over the death of our sweet, innocent, little baby boy Austin, who was taken from us one year ago on the 28th,” she said.
“Austin, we miss your smiling face, your laughter, all your cuddles and snuggles and kisses you loved so much,” said Roth. “Your presence we miss, your memory we treasure, loving you always, forgetting you never.”
Daniel Goldstein, the husband of Austin’s mother, helped organize the memorial event.
“We decided to approach B.A.C.A because we wanted to do something to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Austin’s death, but also we wanted support for the family,” he said.
B.A.C.A aims to create a safer environment for abused children and supports families of the wounded.
Goldstein was never given the opportunity to meet Austin, but he knows first-hand the impact his passing has had on the family.
“It’s overwhelming. It’s beautiful, it really is. It’s an amazing sight; we feel extremely supported,” said Goldstein. “Words can’t describe it.”
“Something like this creates an environment of love and togetherness and community, and that’s exactly what a family needs . . .when they’re grieving and going through a process like this.”
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