PITTSFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - In memory of a murdered boy from Berkshire County, the 18th annual Jimmy Bernardo Memorial Motorcycle Run raised thousands of dollars on Sunday for combat child abuse.
More than 150 bikers rode through downtown Pittsfield to honor the memory of the 12 year old Pittsfield boy who was kidnapped and murdered by convicted serial killer Lewis Lent back in 1990. Lent is serving a life sentence.
The memorial motorcycle run has raised more than 200,000 dollars since the event began 18 years ago.
Jimmy's brother Robert told 22News of his feelings for his slain sibling.
"I miss my brother every day, I think about him a lot, and especially around this time, I feel like he's always standing over my shoulder looking over me," said Robert Bernardo.
Money raised during this run benefits the Berkshire County Kids' place and its work with child abuse victims. Krista Collier is its director.
"It's very important to remember a young boy who was murdered by a serial killer, something that really changed the course of how children feel safe in Berkshire County. His family helps us coordinate this event each year," said Krista Collier.
The bikers told 22News they never met Jimmy or members of his family, yet they return year after year to help raise money in his memory.
Bill Kitkery of Pittsfield told 22News, "Well I've been doing it ever since the ride began. I wouldn't miss it for the world."
This latest run raised more than 20,000 dollars to help the organization founded soon after the murder of the 12 year honored by this event.