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More than 4,000 ride for slain trooper's family

Posted July 13, 2008

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— A bikers' ride raised tens of thousands of dollars to pay for the medical care needed by a slain state trooper's infant son.

More than 4,000 bikers participated Saturday in the Fallen Hero Memorial Ride around Asheville.

The funds will go to support the family of Trooper David Shawn Blanton, 24, of Cherokee, who was shot by a motorist after he stopped a vehicle on Interstate 40 on June 17.

Blanton's son, Tye, was born prematurely two weeks before his father's death. Tye has remained at Mission Hospitals to be treated for a heart condition and needs a surgery to be performed at Duke University Medical Center.

The Asheville-Times reports that Saturday's ride raised more than $36,000, with more checks to be counted and cash still coming in.

Chuck Marsh, a DJ with 93.1 The Wolf in Greensboro, organized a 12-hour fund-raiser that got more than $13,000 in donations for the Blanton family, according to the radio station's Web site.

Memorial funds to support Tye and Blanton wife, Michaela, have been set up by several banks and churches.

Contributions to the Michaela Nicole Blanton FBO Brendan Tye Blanton fund can be made at North Carolina State Employees Credit Union branches. Checks can be mailed to SECU, c/o Michaela Nicole Blanton FBO Brendan Tye Blanton, P.O. Box 97, Waynesville, NC 28786.

The Blanton's church, Canton Central United Methodist, created the Blanton fund through HomeTrust Bank. Donations can be deposited any HomeTrust Bank branch or checks earmarked "Blanton Fund," can be mailed to Central United Methodist Church, PO Box 792, Canton, NC 28716.

Donations to memorial funds are also accepted at any branch of the Mount Credit Union and the Champion Credit Union.

Edwardo Wong, 37, of Ormand Beach, Fla., has been charged with first-degree murder in Blanton's death. Haywood County District Attorney Michael Bonfoey wants to seek the death penalty against Wong.

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  • leo-nc Jul 14, 2008

    "I am not sure why anyone would feel the need to bring up the requirement to ride a helmet when the article is about fundraising for a child. (Yes, I get that it was bikers).

    There is no respect for the real issue at hand, just people wanting to twist the situation into something they can complain about. Shame on you for using this group's charity and baby's illness for your personal ego needs.

    Put your money where your mouth is." --jen

    EXACTLY!!

  • jennmc Jul 14, 2008

    I am not sure why anyone would feel the need to bring up the requirement to ride a helmet when the article is about fundraising for a child. (Yes, I get that it was bikers).

    There is no respect for the real issue at hand, just people wanting to twist the situation into something they can complain about. Shame on you for using this group's charity and baby's illness for your personal ego needs.

    Put your money where your mouth is.

  • Dayum Sessy Jul 14, 2008

    To those that have those negative thoughts on bikers... maybe this will change your minds !!

  • leo-nc Jul 14, 2008

    Mike, what you fail to realize is that the highway is not your personal playground. Nor is driving on it a right. It's a privilege and that is the way to the law works. If you want to change the law, then go to the legislature and get it changed. Don't punish a Trooper; one who gave his life protecting you because of a silly helmet issue. That's ridiculous and it puts you in the extremist category. It's my opinion that your take on this is skewed and incorrect. You're comparing apples and oranges here. To refuse help for someone who died for YOU because by god, poor little baby can't wear a helmet? Absolutely wrong IMO.

  • chfdcpt Jul 14, 2008

    doodad, you are right. Too bad that when the politicos up at DC mention health care like in Canada, they sure don't want us to know about their health care plan at our expense.

  • delilahk2000 Jul 14, 2008

    My feel on this only in America, now if you were an illegal you would have the best care there is with no threats and no questions just roll out the red carpet for anyone but your on ctizens, then you would just sit back and watch them die. It is so great to be a non US CITIZEN these days is't it. I have seen this first hand. Ain't it great how our country takes care of it's own. YES I AM SICK ANT TIRED OF IT. But our Gov. only care about what they can take from us, and give nothing back. The cops don't get nearly enough to get shot at and neither does our troops.

  • Kris0805 Jul 14, 2008

    When freedom comes up in a conversation a motorcycle helmet is not the first thing that comes to mind. Please for the Love of God and all man kind get over it.

  • mikewill Jul 14, 2008

    Leo-nc. I'm sorry you find freedom so disgusting. But regardless, you're welcome for the post. And you are right, those without brains don't need a helmet. But those without freedom are forced to wear one regardless.

  • leo-nc Jul 14, 2008

    "I find it a great tragedy the trooper being killed. However, I would have found myself unable to ride as in this State I cannot ride free, without fascist required headgear. Over 600,000 have died on foreign battlefields that we might be free, a freedom that is stolen from us by the freedom destroying fascists in Raleigh and enforced by troopers throughout the State in a show of disrespect, whether intended or not, to our fallen soldiers.

    Though some will misconstrue what I say, I in no way find any pleasure in the death of this trooper. Had I been able I would have willingly put a bullet in the suspect to have stopped him from murdering the trooper. However, in the same breath, I cannot honor a man who is the enforcement arm of those elitist fascists in Raleigh who so dishonor my fallen comrades by their freedom stealing, anti-American, laws."

    Wow, thanks for the disgusting post. Way to bring a great story to a screaching halt. Those without brains need no helmet.

  • SEOpro Jul 14, 2008

    OMG, Mikewill, you are trying to turn a great story about bikers coming together for the good of a family into a rant about helmets? Geez. I am an avid Harley biker and have been for 35 years. People with SENSE ride willingly with a BRAIN BUCKET - law or no law. Live to ride and Ride to LIVE, brother. Back to the REAL focus of the story... it has never ceases to amaze me how supportive the biker community is of armed forces and law enforcement despite the "stigma" created decades ago that cast an "Easy Rider" shadow over biker groups. Of 90% of bikers I have ever known, there is a deep admiration and respect shown to people of all armed services. Many rides have been held to honor and support veterans and fallen heroes. I don't know how the connection has formed, but it is a strong statement about the biker community, the deep hearts of most of them and our committment to give back to those who give so much of themselves every day. I couln't be at thisride but I'm donating via the bank

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