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Motorcyclists gather to commemorate anniversary of Iowa cousins who were abducted and killed

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EVANSDALE, Iowa — Motorcyclists have rallied in an eastern Iowa town to honor two cousins who were abducted and killed three years ago.

The third annual "Memorial Ride and Drive for the Girls" drew supporters Saturday to mark the anniversary of the day 10-year-old Lyric Cook-Morrissey and 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins were taken, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (http://bit.ly/1ITvAY3 ).

The Evansdale girls disappeared on July 13, 2012, sparked a massive search that ended tragically when their bodies were discovered on Dec. 5, 2012, in Bremer County.

Elizabeth's parents, Drew and Heather Collins, said they're grateful for the continued community support and ride organizers.

"It just goes to show how much our community still wants justice and still supports our family," Heather Collins said. "This hurt them also. It didn't just affect our family. It affected the whole community and surrounding communities."

More than 125 cyclists and others in cars left on a 155-mile ride from Lofty's Lounge in Evansdale and ended at the National Cattle Congress grounds in Waterloo for live music.

Proceeds from registration and raffle tickets will benefit Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers and Angels Memorial Park at Meyers Lake. Crime Stoppers still has a $20,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the girls' killer.

But Heather Collins said the ride is also important to raise awareness about the more than 2,000 kids reported missing in the U.S. each day.

"I'm not a person nor would my daughter let me be a person to sit back and not do awareness," she said.


Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com

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