Cyclists honor one of their own a year after his death

It has been one year since Upstate cyclist David “Whit” Oliver, 44, was shot along Legacy Park Drive last Mother’s Day.However, on Monday, people in the cycling community decided to honor his memory in the best way they knew how: by hitting the road. “Share some miles, share some stories and relive some of the best parts of this sport and whit’s memory,” organizer Aimee Trapanier said.The group took an 8 1/2-mile bike along the Swamp Rabbit Trail, all while sharing their favorite stories about Oliver.However, one memory is still a tough pill to swallow for this group: the day Oliver was shot and killed while being harassed and calling 911. “Honestly, when I got the news I didn’t believe it. It’s just “You don’t believe people are capable of senseless things,” Trapanier said. “Until it happens to you, it’ll always happen to somebody else. So we just wanted to let everybody know we’re all one big family,” Jay Baker said. Now that Oliver is no longer joining their rides physically, they hope his spirit will. “Coming together is what he would have wanted and what we all love to do anyway. Everyone wants to have a good night and a good conversation,” Trapanier said. The group said there was no better way to cap off a ride than sharing a beer and swapping stories of the man they say embodied what cycling was all about. “Whit would tell anybody to get out there and ride. Grab a snack, grab a friend, and let’s go for a few miles,” Trapanier said. The suspect responsible for Oliver’s death, Jeffrey Mark Murray, 62, died in a shootout with police. .

It has been one year since Upstate cyclist David “Whit” Oliver, 44, was shot along Legacy Park Drive last Mother’s Day.

However, on Monday, people in the cycling community decided to honor his memory in the best way they knew how: by hitting the road.

“Share some miles, share some stories and relive some of the best parts of this sport and whit’s memory,” organizer Aimee Trapanier said.

The group took an 8 1/2-mile bike along the Swamp Rabbit Trail, all while sharing their favorite stories about Oliver.

However, one memory is still a tough pill to swallow for this group: the day Oliver was shot and killed while being harassed and calling 911.

“Honestly, when I got the news I didn’t believe it. It’s just hard. You don’t believe people are capable of senseless things,” Trapanier said.

“Until it happens to you, it’ll always happen to somebody else. So we just wanted to let everybody know we’re all one big family,” Jay Baker said.

Now that Oliver is no longer joining their rides physically, they hope his spirit will.

“Coming together is what he would have wanted and what we all love to do anyway. Everyone wants to have a good night and a good conversation,” Trapanier said.

The group said there was no better way to cap off a ride than sharing a beer and swapping stories of the man they say embodied what cycling was all about.

“Whit would tell anybody to get out there and ride. Grab a snack, grab a friend, and let’s go for a few miles,” Trapanier said.

The suspect responsible for Oliver’s death, Jeffrey Mark Murray, 62, died in a shootout with police.

The cyclists who participated Monday’s ride said they will continue to promote cycling and hope to bring in as many people as possible because that’s what Whit would have wanted.

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