HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- It is easy to miss Beer Thirty, the nondescript restaurant and bar on Williamsburg Road in eastern Henrico every night except on Thursday night -- bike night. Patrons said the parking lot is packed with motorcycles; a ritual will have a special significance this week.
Thursday, the biker community in Richmond will honor one of their own by raising money to help his family pay for his funeral.
Kenneth "Networker" Jefferson was killed Friday when police said a sleeping trucker plowed over his motorcycle group stopped on the side of the interstate in Greensboro, North Carolina to fix a mechanical bike issue.
Members of Richmond's Lady Unity Rydaz bike club are organizing the fundraiser to try to help Jefferson's four daughters and 11 grandchildren pay for funeral costs.
"His gift for gab, he loved to talk, he was a friendly person, and just loved being around people," said Erica Williams who organized the fundraiser and knew Jefferson. "We're all just one big family, so my hear went out to him. The girls came up with the idea of our bike night just passing around a helmet and giving donations to his family."
The event is open to anyone 21 years or older, and will go from 7 to 11 p.m. at Beer Thirty at 2709 Williamsburg Road.
Jefferson will be laid to rest on Saturday at St. Paul's Baptist Church in Eastern Henrico. Jefferson's family said they have already heard from more than 80 biker groups planning to attend the funeral. A biker rally to honor "Networker" will follow him to the cemetery immediately following the ceremony.
A GoFundMe account and bank account has been set up for anyone who wishes to donated but cannot make it to the fundraiser. Contributions can be made at any local Wells Fargo branch by writing a check to the "Kenneth Networker Jefferson" fund. The GoFundMe account can be found here.
Jefferson's family said they are so thankful for all the love and support they have received already.
The suspect, Daniel Serna, remains in jail in North Carolina, according to online court records.