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Dirtbike Riders Pay Tribute to Fallen Teen

Posted: March 3, 2008 6:34 p.m.
Updated: May 2, 2008 5:02 a.m.

In a tribute to Castaic teen Taylor LaKamp, who died during a motorcycle accident last month, more than a dozen friends and relatives gathered in California City on Feb. 23 to ride their dirtbikes.

In a moving tribute to their fallen friend, more than a dozen friends and relatives of Taylor LaKamp gathered in California City on Feb. 23 to ride their dirtbikes.

LaKamp, 15, of Castaic, died on Feb. 17 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle collision that occurred approximately one mile away from the spot where his friends gathered last Saturday.

Off-roading was a favorite hobby of LaKamp's, who was a student at West Ranch High School in Stevenson Ranch. He and his friends used to travel frequently to rural areas outside Bakersfield to ride their dirtbikes.

"It was a pretty happy remembrance," said Larry Breaux, a parent who accompanied the kids on the daylong outing. "There was lots of joking and kidding around. We were all there for Taylor."

LaKamp's older brother Grady organized the trip on the spur of the moment as a way to honor his brother.
"I thought he wouldn't be in any frame of mind for riding, but it was good for Grady," Breaux said.

LaKamp's grandfather James Degnan said that Taylor's family was slowly coming to terms with their son's death.

They recently met with the family of the boy who accidentally collided with Taylor, for whom they harbor no ill will, Degnan said. The boy, who was slightly injured in the collision, is also a local high school student.


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