Cycling Memorial To Slain Rider

Pulled from an article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune:


In his free time, Mark Loesch loved to ride his bicycle. That’s what he was doing last Wednesday night when he went for a spin and never returned home.

Loesch, 41, was found dead the following morning on the lawn of a house in south Minneapolis. He died of multiple blunt-force head wounds. His bicycle was found a short distance away.

To remember the avid cyclist and father of four, friends, family members and concerned residents will host the Mark Loesch Memorial Walk and Bike at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Riders and walkers will retrace the route Loesch might have taken through the Kingfield, Bryant, Bancroft and Powderhorn neighborhood on the night he was killed, said event organizer Linda Shay.

The 1.2-mile route will begin at Martin Luther King Park at 4051 Nicollet Av. S. and use the 40th Street Pedestrian Bridge to cross Interstate Hwy. 35W to Elliot Avenue S., then north to where Loesch was found.

Members of Mad Dads, an organization that fights crime and drugs and works to support communities, youth and families, along with city council members, will speak at a memorial planned in the 3700 block of Elliot Avenue. During the memorial, people can light candles, leave flowers and honor Loesch, Shay said.

Funeral services were set at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis. Donations may be made to the Mark Loesch Memorial Fund at Associated Bank, 5353 Wayzata Blvd., St. Louis Park, MN 55416.

Come if you can. I’ll be there.


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