CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The widow of slain Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum will participate this weekend in a memorial motorcycle ride that will pass by the parking lot where the lawman was fatally shot last month.
The Sheriff Eugene Crum Memorial Poker Run is set for Sunday afternoon starting in downtown Williamson. It's part of the three-day Rally in the Valley motorcycle gathering that began Friday.
The procession will pass through Crum's hometown of Taylorville. It also will head into Delbarton, where Crum once served as police chief, and Matewan, where he got his start in law enforcement as a police officer.
Organizers expect more than 200 motorcycles to participate. Leading the pack will be Rosie Crum, riding with Mingo County Magistrate Dallas Toler on his 2012 Harley Davidson.
Messages left for Rosie Crum were not returned, but Toler said she is "tickled to death" about the event.
"It's honoring my buddy Eugene," said Toler, who took over as magistrate last year when Crum resigned to focus on his campaign for sheriff. "They didn't have to name this after him and make it a memorial ride. That means the world to me."
Organizer Paul Price of the Sidney, Ky.-based Appalachian Brotherhood riding club said Sunday's ride originally was scheduled to benefit the nearby Hatfield-McCoy trail system.
That all changed after Crum was fatally shot April 3.
"Eugene was a friend of the rally and instrumental in making sure that it happened last year," Price said.
Price said all the money from the ride, which costs $15 for each motorcycle, will go to the sheriff's department.