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Iron Rockets ride to help local family


By Melissa Robinson
Contributing Editor 

  A benefit ride sponsored by the Iron Rockets Motorcycle Club will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2013 with the proceeds going to benefit the family of hit and run victim, Alexandra Desir, who was killed by a hit and run driver on June 29, 2013.

  The ride will begin at 165 Pine Tree Lane in McDonough at 11:30 a.m. and end at the Three Dollar Café, located at 1000 Regency Plaza Blvd. in McDonough. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and cost is $10 for one rider and $15 for rider with passenger.

Benjamin “Murrfee” Moore, a member or Iron Rockets Motorcycle Club is riding in the Hit and Run Awareness Benefit on Saturday, November 2.                                       Photo by Seth Jackson

  Ride organizer and Iron Rocket member Benjamin “Murrfee” Moore said the ride is to raise funds for Desir’s family to help cover funeral and other expenses associated with her untimely death, as well as to raise awareness for road safety.

  “This is the first time I’ve organized a ride and it’s been a lot of work, but it will be worth it,” he said. “That’s what our club was put in place for--to promote safety, rider awareness and fellowship.”

  Moore said the Iron Rockets have a chapter in Atlanta as well as his chapter in Marietta and is an international organization with chapters in every state and 14 countries. It is a bike club of law-abiding riders who, in addition to wanting to party, make service and awareness part of their mission.

  Moore said that every dollar raised through donations, the raffle and sponsors will be donated to Desir’s family. On the morning of the ride, there will be breakfast, a 50/50 and raffle for prizes, which include a helmet from Cycle Nation, a 32 GB Ipod Touch and various gift cards and items from local businesses. There will also be auction items and giveaways.

  Moore said he worked with Desir’s mother, Simone Desir, who is a nurse at Piedmont Henry, and said he can’t imagine the loss she has endured.

  “I’ve worked with her and she has such a big heart, so we really want to do this for the family and to raise awareness, so other families don’t have to go through the kind of grief that she has gone through,” said Moore.

  Organizers said that the date of the ride is particularly meaningful, because the following day, November 3, would have been Alexandra Desir’s 21st birthday.

  Desir, who lived in Locust Grove, was a 20-year-old nursing student attending Gordon College in Barnesville. She was killed by a hit and run driver while walking to work at a local restaurant.

  For more information, call 678-772-1525. For more information on the Iron Rockets, visit



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