Can­dle­light Vigil, ‘Ride In’ Draw Huge Crowds To Park

The Oakdale Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By MARG JACK­SON mjack­son@oak­dale­leader.com

Less than a week af­ter his tragic pass­ing, Troy Holder brought the com­mu­nity to­gether. Not once, but twice. The 2014 Oak­dale High School grad­u­ate died of in­juries sus­tained in a mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent on Mon­day evening, Aug. 20 and on Fri­day night, Aug. 24, friends, fam­ily mem­bers and for­mer class­mates gath­ered for a can­dle­light vigil at the Quin­tanal Am­phithe­atre at the Oak­dale Com­mu­nity Park. Sev­eral peo­ple spoke, his fa­vorite songs were played and the crowd lifted their can­dles into the night sky in his mem­ory.

On Sun­day, also at the Com­mu­nity Park along South Yosemite Av­enue but in the skatepark por­tion, dozens gath­ered with bi­cy­cles, skate­boards and scoot­ers, at­tend­ing a memo­rial ‘ride in’ to cel­e­brate the 22-year-old’s life and com­mem­o­rate his ef­forts in help­ing to bring the skatepark to fruition.

Older brother Travis was on hand and did some trick rid­ing, us­ing his brother Troy’s bike, and he said he was grate­ful for the turnout.

“It’s just a lit­tle BMX com­mu­nity, all these guys, all these bi­cy­clists put it to­gether,” he said, mo­tion­ing to the many rid­ing around the skatepark on a sunny Sun­day af­ter­noon.

Do­na­tions were taken as plans are in the works to place a memo­rial plaque in the skatepark in Troy’s honor.

He served as pres­i­dent of a youth com­mit­tee that was en­acted dur­ing the de­vel­op­ment of the new com­mu­nity park and was in on the de­sign de­ci­sions for the skatepark.

“He and I went to every meet­ing,” Travis ex­plained. “We worked with the de­signer from Santa Cruz.”

Also an OHS alum, two years older than Troy, Travis said that the Fri­day night vigil was more than they could have hoped for.

“There was a lot of peo­ple, it was just re­ally nice,” he said. “We played a bunch of his fa­vorite songs, we had his dirt bike here.”

Mom Tiffany Brown was sur­rounded by friends at the skatepark on Sun­day, help­ing to see her through.

“I just want to thank ev­ery­body who showed all their love for my son,” she said of those gath­ered on Sun­day to re­mem­ber Troy and ride in his honor. “He is look­ing down, smil­ing … thank you for all your sup­port.”

MARG JACK­SON/THE LEADER

Get­ting air­borne as he rides at the Oak­dale skatepark on Sun­day, Travis Holder uses his late brother Troy’s bike dur­ing a memo­rial ‘ride-in’ event that brought dozens out to the park, re­mem­ber­ing their friend and fel­low rid­ing en­thu­si­ast.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF AL­LI­SON JACK­SON

Fri­day night, fam­ily, friends and for­mer class­mates of Troy Holder gath­ered to honor him with a can­dle­light vigil at the Oak­dale Com­mu­nity Park. He passed away on Aug. 20 from in­juries sus­tained in a mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent.

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