Daily Local News, April 12, 2015
WESTTOWN >> A crowd of over 30 people cheered on the Team 26, the Sandy Hook bicycle riders, as they rode into the parking lot of the Holiday Inn Express on Route 202, south of West Chester, on Sunday.
Team 26 is a group of serious amateur and professional bikers who have taken the ride from Newtown, Conn., to Washington, D.C., for the last four springs to remind the nation that serious gun violence prevention action is needed.
There are 26 riders for a reason: it represents the 20 children and six educators who lost their lives in the Sandy Hook shooting massacre in Connecticut in December 2012.
Among the people who greeted them was state Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-153, of Montgomery County, who has written two gun bills in Harrisburg, and Francine Wheeler, one of the Sandy Hook mothers who used to live in Pennsylvania. She lost her 6-year-old son Ben during the shooting massacre.
The Chester County Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence sponsored the event and was boosted by its brother grassroots organization in Delaware County known as Delco United to Stop Gun Violence.
In the audience was a couple from Chester County who lost a son, as well as a survivor….
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