Motorcycle clubs ride to remember double homicide victim
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Indianapolis’ motorcycle community came together to remember Victoria “Bombshell” Valdez, a member of the 317 Ryders.
“Someone who was so loving and so giving, who had the most beautiful smile in the world, who always wanted to make everybody happy, who would go out of her way to make everybody happy, how could somebody like that be dead today?” asked Jimmie McMillan.
McMillan is the Vice President of the 317 Ryders. His girlfriend, Lisa Bussey, was one of Valdez’s best friends.
Bussey was devastated Thursday night when she learned police found Valdez and her boyfriend, Vincent Grant, dead from gunshot wounds to the head.
With tears welling in her eyes, Bussey tried Friday night to focus on how Valdez lived, instead of how she died.
“She loved to ride,” says Bussey. “And right now, she would want us to be rejoicing and having fun in her honor.”
So that’s what the 317 Ryders and other clubs did Friday night.
Nearly 100 bikers gathered at 38th and Illinois for a 4.5-mile ride in Victoria’s honor. At least 100 more people met them at a vigil to remember her life.
“How do I go on?” asked McMillan. “How do my other club brothers and sisters go on? Nobody stole a motorcycle. Somebody stole a life of someone we loved and cared about.
The 317 Ryders are asking all women to ride with their heels for the next week, just like Victoria always did.
IMPD Officer Jim Gillespie says as of Friday night, police have no new information to release regarding the double homicide.