'Ride For Somer' Raises Money For Family

Published On: Oct 14 2011 02:54:20 PM EDT   Updated On: Nov 22 2009 09:04:24 AM EST
Orange Park, Fl. -

Thousands came together in Orange Park Saturday to help out the family of Somer Thompson. The 7-year-old who disappeared while walking home from school in October was found dead two days later.

About 1,800 motorcycle riders participated in an all-day poker run that ended at Whitey's Fish Camp.

The event raised money for a trust fund for the Thompson family's other two children. Channel 4's Richard Nunn served as emcee.

After the poker run, there was a candlelight vigil. Organizers said about 3,500 people attended the vigil.


Somer's mother, Diena Thompson, was there and expressed her gratitude to the crowd for their support.

"Without their support, I don't think I could make it through this. These people make me strong," she said.

There have been no arrests in the case. Anyone with information in the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS or the Clay County Sheriff's Office hotline at 877-227-6911. You can also e-mail Clay County investigators at cart@claysheriff.com

The total amount of reward money in the case stands at $45,000.


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