Wildcat Run motorcycle ride shows support for victim of Taft High School shooting

Bikers rode from Taft to Kern Medical Center


With the town of Taft still coming together after the Taft Union High School shooting, Saturday morning's motorcycle ride was happening rain or shine. 

So it was under cloudy skies and a little rain that bikers hit the road. 

Motorcyclists from Kern County participated in the "Wildcat Run," a morning ride to support the town of Taft - a town that continues to heal from the school shooting there more than two weeks ago.  

"Taft is a small town. Kern County is a small area if you think about it," Trent Unruh, a Wildcat Run participant said. "There are a lot of people, we all know each other and we just want to show people that we do support each other."

The ride started at Taft Union High School, where riders said a prayer and took a few photos, before hitting the road to go see Bowe Cleveland, the victim of the Taft shooting. Cleveland is at Kern Medical Center as he continues to recover. 

Leah Cleveland, Bowe's mother:

"I have amazing friends and support and I can never repay them for all they have done for me and given me peace, given my family peace," said Leah Cleveland, Bowe's mother. 

The ride raised 20 dollars per bike and 5 dollars a passenger. 

"All the money raised today is going to be allocated for scholarships for students involved and just to help promote anti-violence as much as possible," Unruh said.

Bowe Cleveland's mother seemed humbled by the support of the riders this morning. 

"We are very pleased at all of the people that have been involved and want Bowe home, just like we do," Leah Cleveland said.

The riders rode about 100 miles during the Wildcat Run. 


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