Accident victim loved his motorcycle and his guitar

Mother and friends remember John Link who died Wednesday

September 15, 2011|By RICHARD F. BELISLE |
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SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. — His motorcycle, his music and his friends occupied John Link's thoughts and days until mid-afternoon Wednesday when his young life ended in a motorcycle accident.

Link, 20, of Shenandoah Junction, graduated from Jefferson High School in 2009. He had been working at the Sheetz south of Martinsburg for nearly a year, coworkers there said Thursday.

 Link was southbound on Kearneysville Pike (W.Va. 480) around 2:45 p.m. when his motorcycle left the west side of the road went down a bank and into some trees, according to Sgt. V.C. Lupis of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

He was alone at the time. No other vehicles were involved, Lupis said.

Born May 3, 1991, John was one of four sons, including William, Daniel and Nicholas, all at home, and their parents, Howard Jr. and Pamela Link of Shenandoah Junction.

"That motorcycle was his first love," his mother said Thursday. "That and his guitar."

John played in an area band called, Defeat the Purpose, she said.

She last saw her son Wednesday afternoon as he was leaving for work.

"He said, 'See ya. I'm going to work,'" she said.

Some of John's fellow workers at Sheetz were close in age so they naturally latched on to each other.

"We were coworkers, but we were friends, too," said Kelsey Docherty, 19, of Inwood, W.Va. "He loved his motorcycle and loved to brag about it. John was kind of shy, but funny and outgoing at the same time."

Fellow worker Matt Kirby, 20, of Kearneysville, W.Va., echoed Docherty when he said John's passion was his motorcycle.

"He was the store clown. He was always making people laugh."

Kirby said he usually met John 15 minutes outside the store to talk before the start of their shift. When John was late Wednesday, Kirby called him several times on his cellphone but there was no answer.

John's mother called the store shortly after with the bad news, Kirby said.

Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home at U.S. 340 at Halltown Road. The Rev. Karen Wilis will officiate.

The family asks that donations be made in John's name to the Shepherdstown Fire Department in lieu of flowers.

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