Memorials, prayers continue for Kalamazoo bike riders

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Hundreds of people have gathered for memorial services honoring the bicyclists who were killed and injured when a pickup truck struck their group on a road in Michigan.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports more than 600 people attended memorial services at two area churches Thursday night.

At one service, those in attendance used nine candles representing the five cyclists who were killed Tuesday and the four who were hurt to light hundreds of others.

The cyclists were part of a group that called themselves “The Chain Gang.” An organizer said they biked regularly for the exercise, the enjoyment of being with friends and safety in numbers.

The 50-year-old driver of the truck was charged Thursday with five counts of second-degree murder and four counts of reckless driving in the crash in Cooper Township, north of Kalamazoo.

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