Biker clubs convene to honor man killed in police stand-off

By Laura Geller - bio | email

HENRICO, VA (NBC12) - Police were executing a federal search warrant at the home of 45-year-old James Hicks Junior when he was killed.

Saturday, family and friends remembered him in a service at the Nelson Funeral Home in Henrico.

Still no word from authorities on why they stormed the Hicks residence Tuesday morning and whether that action was part of a broader crackdown on the Pagan Motorcycle Club in which Hicks rode.

While our cameras were kept away from the area, the funeral gave us some insight into Hicks' world.

A flood of motorcycles roared down Laburnum Avenue in a procession that stretched as far as the eye could see.

Friends and family remembered James Hicks Junior, or Jimbo as he was known by those close to him.

45-year-old Hicks was shot Tuesday at his home in Dinwiddie County as State Police and ATF agents tried to serve a federal search warrant.

Officials tell us Hicks refused to put down a shotgun but his family says that's simply not true.

Bikers travelled hundreds of miles up and down the east coast to be at the funeral.

Besides Hicks' Pagan Motorcycle Club, we saw groups called The Outlaws, The Devil's Grip and the Son's of God.

We talked to the victim's brother-in-law who told us the family was adamant, no one was to talk to the media.

We even asked several people gathered here but no one wanted to share anything with us about their friend James Hicks.

In fact, there are several bikers gathered, keeping guard, making sure our cameras do not go on the funeral home property.

As we waited, we learned more about Jimbo Hicks.

The parking lot echoed with the sound of country music and kind words as speakers amplified the service for the overflow crowd.

Hicks' sister described her brother as a loving family man whose smile could light up a room.

He loved animals, hunting, fishing and most of all, riding his motorcycle.

As the eulogy came to an end and the rain began to fall more steadily, Hicks' sister thanked those gathered for their prayers and support, and for helping the family to celebrate her brother's life.

Many questions remain as the search warrant is still sealed.

It was executed on the same day that federal authorities arrested fifty pagan members.

The family attorney tells us nothing illegal was found in the Hicks home.

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