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Biker group mourns 5 who died at charity event

September 19, 2011 • National News


Clarksville Police survey the trailer where five people were found dead Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011 in Clarksville, Tenn., at the Clarksville Speedway. The deaths brought an abrupt halt to the celebration of the state’s largest toy run for needy children, which was hosted Saturday at the speedway by Bikers Who Care. (AP Photo/The Leaf-Chronicle, Luke Thomspson)

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A community of bikers drawn together for charity was reeling Monday after five people died while camping at a Tennessee festival that the group stages to raise money for needy children.

An organizer of the Bikers Who Care event, Bill Langford, said the victims were overcome when fumes from a generator leaked into their rented camper. The married couple and three friends were found dead Sunday inside the vehicle. Police later detected dangerous levels of carbon monoxide in the camper.

Only a few people were left at the Clarksville Speedway on Monday, loading up motorcycles and packing up campsites. Ron Keele of Cunningham, Tenn., said he had belonged to the group for more than 12 years and knew the victims, who he described as younger and newer members of the 200-member motorcycle club.

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