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Inwood native killed in Cascade motorcycle crash was a mentor in Hyattsville neighborhood

July 02, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

INWOOD, W.Va. -- The Hyattsville, Md., man who died Sunday in a high-speed motorcycle crash in Cascade on Sunday was an Inwood native and father of two who mentored 13 young men in his Hyattsville neighborhood, his family said by phone Tuesday.

Jason Lee Farley, 29, was a 1997 graduate of Musselman High School, and attended Shepherd University in Shepherdstown W.Va., said his father, Rick Farley of Inwood.

Jason Farley joined the Army in 2000, but his basic training was cut short by an honorable discharge after eight months due to a leg and hip injury, Rick Farley said. After that, Jason went to school in Baltimore for a computer-related degree and ran his own computer networking, routing and fiber-optics business in Hyattsville, Rick Farley said. Most recently, he worked from Hyattsville as a project manager for Automated Systems Design of Georgia.

"He was programmed for success," Rick Farley said. "He was a self-motivator in everything he did."

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Jason Farley was engaged to Jillian Behram of Hyattsville and had two sons, Demitrius Anthony Behram-Farley and Eric Rawls. Demitrius is 14 months old, Rick Farley said.

When Jason Farley moved to Hyattsville, he was concerned about the number of young men in his neighborhood who were being raised by single mothers, and began working with them to help improve their grades and provide another adult influence in their lives, Rick Farley said.

"The entire block considers him their father," Rick Farley said. "It was just his nature. He was a person that liked to help others quite a bit."

Jason Farley was well-known and loved at the Martinsburg Christian Center on East Stephen Street, where his parents are pastors.

"He changed a lot of lives that he touched," his father said. "He was good at bringing joy to life."

Jason Farley had been riding motorcycles for about six or seven years and belonged to the Maryland chapter of Shiftin Steel Sport Riderz.

He was riding with a group of about nine other motorcycles Sunday morning when he crashed into a guard rail on Md. 491 on a sharp curve at Ritchie Road, police said.

Rick Farley said police told him his son was taking a turn at more than 100 mph.

"He was full of energy; that was the problem," Rick Farley said. "He was reckless and didn't know any fear."

Hundreds of motorcycles from the Shiftin Steel Sport Riderz group will lead the procession to Jason Farley's grave site Saturday during a funeral in Inwood, Rick Farley said.

The group has a tribute to Jason Farley, whom members called "Coffee," with a photo slideshow on its Web site at www.shiftnsteelsportriderz.com.

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