Sierah Joughin Memorial Ride raises money for free self-defense courses

Sierah Joughin Memorial Ride raises money for free self-defense courses

WAUSEON, OH (WTOL) - Area bikers united Sunday in the name of a young murder victim.

The Sierah Joughin Memorial Ride raised money for KOGS - Keep Our Girls Safe.

The fundraising journey began in Sylvania Township at Toledo Harley Davidson.

A thousand bikers roared along the back roads of Northwest Ohio eventually winding their way to the Fulton County Fairgrounds in Wauseon.

For them this is a way to celebrate Sierah's life and empower women.

"Raise awareness for victims like this to make sure it doesn't happen again. We don't want to see this happen to anybody," said Phil Rettig.

Niki Sengstock agrees.

"As far as a large group like this were making sure it's brought to the public's attention that something needs to be done," said Niki.

We're all familiar with Sierah's tragic story.

The body of the University of Toledo student was found in a shallow grave in a cornfield near Delta.

Her killer is now on death row.

T-shirts were sold at the fairgrounds.

Bikers also bought raffle tickets and enjoyed food and entertainment.

"People who would not normally be in the same room together but they all come together for this cause" says Shelia Vaculik, Sierah's mother.

The KOGS cause is to offer free self-defense classes to women.

So far 450 have taken the course.

"A lot of women don't think this could happen and I am standing here today because it did and we are going to make sure it doesn't happen again," said Josh Kolasinski, Sierah's boyfriend.

Self-defense instructors are also available to go to businesses, even classrooms.

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