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Hundreds of bikers turn out for E.Z. Memorial run

Kalamazoo Public Safety Officer Eric Zapata
Kalamazoo Public Safety Officer Eric Zapata

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) --They Held the 3rd E.Z. Memorial Ride on Saturday.

Hundreds of motorcyclists, some of them police officers and firefighters and EMS techs, but a lot of them were just regular bikers turned out for the now annual fundraiser.

This year for the first time, the route trailed by the spot in the 1400 block of Hayes Park in the Edison Neighborhood where officer Eric Zapata, who the ride is named for, was gun down by a drunken felon who had gotten his hands on his fathers guns back in 2011.

The bikers then headed east traveling thru Springfield and Battle Creek before returning to Kalamazoo.The event is sponsored by the Sons of Malta, and proceeds go to help the children of the fallen officer.