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Colorado: Slain solider’s motorcyle raising college funds for son

Joey Bunch
The Denver Post

When, in 20 years, 3-year-old Tristan Ezell climbs on a beautifully restored ZX-6 Kawasaki motorcycle, the gift will mark the sacrifice of more than a dozen men, starting with his late father.

The restored bike was the prized possession of Army Sgt. Lawrence David Ezell, a Fort Carson soldier killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq in April 2008.

And until Tristan is 23, the bike will be on display at the Fort Carson Museum.

Today the men who refurbished the bike gathered at American Legion Post 178 to kick off another project, raising money for Tristan Ezell’s future education.

After his father died, Tristan’s mother, Christy, intended to sell the bike to start a college fund.

She asked the Patriot Guard Riders, a motorcycle-riding veterans group, for help, and they set about making it a priceless gift.

When the Texas widow saw the work of men and women who never met her husband, parting with bike became painful, said one of the project’s organizers, Greg Watson.

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