HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – Henrico County's biking community is remembering the police officer killed after crashing his motorcycle into an SUV.
Officer Thomas Berry Junior died Tuesday. His memory lives on for those that knew him best. His biker friends are learning from this tragic death and being even more careful when they're out riding on their motorcycles.
This small group of riders that knew Officer Berry joined together to show support for one of their own. While crowds flocked to Quaker Steak and Lube for a nightly event and contest, a smaller crowd of about 20 people gathered near a parking space to remember the life of Officer Thomas Berry.
"Everybody is definitely feeling the loss," said biker, Robert Green. "I mean, we know he's in a better place and we're just riding in his honor."
To this group, he's known as Mr. Berry or TJ. He was one of their biker buddies and would ride with them on a regular basis.
"He made me a better rider," said Green. "I mean just little things. We enjoyed riding with him up in the mountains."
Before the restaurant's event, everyone observed a moment of silence for Berry. Earlier Wednesday, he was also remembered by Henrico's Chief of Police, a department he served on for eight years. Chief Middleton fought back tears as he talked about Berry's death.
"It's sad," said Chief Middleton. "Um....it's been a tough time for the whole department but you know we're the Henrico Police and we had been through tougher times and with a lot of things his loss is huge for us and it's one of the tougher things we've experienced, but we will get through this."
Back at the gathering tonight, noticeably absent, was Berry's wife who was supposed to attend but is still dealing with the loss of her husband. After his tragic death, it's still unclear if charges will be filed. At last check, the driver of the SUV in that crash was taken to the hospital with non life threatening injuries. We'll let you know if and when charges are filed once the investigation is complete.