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August 24, 2006

Ride to honor slain girls

Lynsey Schildmeier and Jessica Lyons were best friends. Neither one got to choose their destiny.

Schildmeier, 20, was murdered March 19 of this year; Lyons, 13, on May 4, 2000.

Family and friends will keep memories afloat with the first memorial ride 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Sign-up begins at 10 a.m. with a $15 registration fee per vehicle.

Riders begin at Moose Lodge on Pine Street in Anderson to Memorial Park Cemetery, Country Crossing in Markleville, Meadowbrook Pizza, The Curve in Alexandria, Bernie’s in Frankton, Woody’s in Lapel, Pelletrino’s in Anderson, and back to the Moose Lodge.

After the ride, One Night Stand performs and steak dinners are offered at $8. Bikini and bike contests will take place at the Moose Lodge. Some recipient will receive a 50/50 drawing door prize.

The collaborative event was spearheaded by Jessica’s father Rob Lyons, Moose member, Lynsey’s father Mike Schildmeier and mutual friend Mike Peters. Proceeds from the registration per vehicle and 50/50 draw will be split; Lynsey’s portion will help Hopewell Center and Jessica’s half goes to an Anderson High School scholarship recipient.

Lynsey enjoyed working with special-needs persons at Hopewell Center.

“She wanted to work with (the handicapped) and probably would’ve done that for the rest of her life,” said her mother Kim Schildmeier.

“She had that gift. She treated them as if they were one of her normal friends. She just liked to be around them. I guess they made her happy.”

Before her role at Hopewell, she tutored Anderson High School special-education students.

Not only was Lynsey compassionate, she was competitive.

“She always liked to win, never wanted to lose,” her mother said.

Lynsey was on the swim team at Southside Middle School, where she earned recognition as Most Valuable Swimmer, and swam competitively up to her sophomore year at Anderson High.

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