PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — For the sixth straight year, Bay area residents gathered to honor the memory of Phoebe Jonchuck.
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Phoebe was the 5-year-old killed in January 2015 when her father, John Jonchuck, dropped her off of the Dick Misner Bridge in Pinellas County.
On Sunday, motorcyclists held a memorial ride to the bridge in her memory, leaving flowers at the spot she died and raising money for a scholarship in her name.
"Who in the love of God’s name would think that a father would kill their child like this," said organizer Joe Lambert. "I think it touched a lot of us, it really did."
Lambert joined dozens of other motorcyclists on the ride, called "Flowers for Phoebe."
The scholarship will be awarded to a student pursuing a degree in social sciences and planning to work with children.
"This will continue on in Phoebe’s name. But it’s also for other kids who have lost their lives over the years," said organizer Jeff Richard.
The hope is that the student will one day go on to make a difference in another child’s life and prevent something like Phoebe's death from happening again.
John Jonchuck is currently serving a life sentence. He was convicted of first degree murder.