500 Ride to Honor Mollie Tibbetts

SWISHER, IA (KCRG-TV9)-- More than 500 people took part in a memorial ride from Brooklyn to Cedar Rapids in honor of Mollie Tibbetts.

Their first stop was at Black Squirrel Tap in Swisher. The event was put on by members the Brooklyn Volunteer Fire Department.

They didn't think expect the massive turnout. Firefighter Jeremy Mann says, "When we first did this, we only ordered 70 bandanas and then seeing how many people were interested we upped that to 200 thinking that would be enough, and by no means was that even close to enough.”

Jeremy Mann knows the Tibbetts family. He coached one of Mollie's brothers. He explains, "They're just great people so to give back to people who would be willing to do the same, it's a good feeling."

Mollie's cousin Dirk Henle also took part in the ride. He says of the support of the community, "This is overwhelming, way more than I expected, unbelievable."