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Benefit ride participants: 'It's all for Angie'

Motorcyclists raise an estimated $200 for Daley's funeral expenses

August 22, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH
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WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Brian Freeman didn't mind getting wet during a brief rain shower that drenched some of the 32 people participating Sunday in a benefit motorcycle ride for the family of Angie Daley.

"The rain doesn't matter," said Freeman, of Chambersburg, Pa.

Like others, Freeman said he was more concerned with the cause for which they were riding. The event raised money for Angie's funeral expenses; she went missing in 1995 at age 17, and police found her skeletal remains last April.

Franklin County (Pa.) Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner classified Angie's death as a homicide through blunt-force head trauma. No one has been charged criminally in connection to her murder.

Angie's father, Clarence Daley, worked at one of the checkpoints during the motorcycle poker run and greeted riders as they entered. Most said they were enjoying the ride and offered condolences, he said.

"You don't see people for years, but they don't forget you," said Daley, of Chambersburg.

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Toni Reed of Orrstown, Pa., was carrying playing cards representing a full house when she ended the ride at the Moose picnic grounds in Zullinger, Pa. Her feeling that she might have won proved accurate.

Reed declined to accept the $75 prize and instead asked Angie's family to keep the money for her memorial service.

Angie's mother, Sunday Gossert, estimated the ride raised more than $200. Those contributions will be added onto $1,700 from a spaghetti lunch held June 19.

Donations beyond what's needed for the funeral will be given to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Gossert said.

"It's pretty much in remembrance of my sister," said Eddie Daley, Angie's younger brother.

"It's all for Angie," Tim Hoover said of the motorcycle ride's focus.

Hoover, of Waynesboro, remembers frequently seeing his niece, Angie, splashing around with other family members in his above-ground pool. His ex-wife, Jenny Hoover, used to dance and laugh with Angie, and they'd talk about boys.

"Angie was always so fun-loving. She was into doing crafts," Jenny Hoover said, saying she recently tie-dyed T-shirts for family and friends to further remember Angie.

Ed Mohn, Angie's uncle, helped design the ride route, which passed through Fairfield, Pa., and Quincy, Pa. The South Mountain, Pa., man said he was happy with the ride and its turnout.

"It's a good cause," he said.

Gossert said the family will schedule a memorial service once it receives Angie's remains from the crime lab.

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