Memorial ride, service for Gannon Stauch takes place in the Grand Strand

Memorial ride, service for Gannon Stauch takes place in the Grand Strand

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A memorial ride and service honoring the life of 11-year-old Gannon Stauch are now underway in the Grand Strand.

Bikers gathered Saturday morning at Crossway Church in Loris and made their way to Beach Church in Myrtle Beach for a memorial service.

Gannon was reported missing in January while living with his father in Colorado. His remains were later found in Florida and his stepmother, Letecia Stauch, was arrested in Myrtle Beach and charged in connection to his death.

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Gannon was born in Loris and still has family living in the area, including his mother and grandparents.

According to organizers, the trek included stops at places the boy enjoyed, including Damon’s Grill, the Carolina Forest Recreation Center and the Play Card Environmental Education Center.

“What we want people to know is how much Gannon loved other people and how we just want to spread that kindness," said Jessica Hundall, an organizer of the event. "He wanted everybody to be kind, love everybody, and that’s what we want them to know.”

Organizers said the money raised from the event will help bring awareness to child abuse.

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