Family and friends of an officer who died during a shooting gives back to their community Submitted: 09/23/2017
Phylicia Ashley
Phylicia Ashley

Family and friends of an officer who died during a shooting gives back to their community
WESTON - About six months ago a family lost a loving father, husband and friend. 

Everest Metro Police Detective Jason Weiland died during a shooting that took the lives of four people in total. 

Saturday Weiland's family and friends came together to give back to the community that gave them so much support and helped them move forward during their time of need. 

"He was a person who loved to laugh, he had a nick name for everybody," said Weiland's longtime friend and organizer of Jay's Ride Josh Preiser. 

People who knew Weiland and even those who didn't, came out on Saturday to ride in his honor. 

"We had all this pent up energy we didn't, know what to do with it," said Preiser. 

Weiland's family and friends organized Jay's Ride.

 It's fundraiser for the Jason Weiland Criminal Justice Scholarship at Northcentral Technical College. 

"This is a testimony of Jason's daughters wanting to support the community after the community helped them," said Weiland's mentee and friend Matt Krembs. 

Even though Jason is no longer here, his wife of 14 years says seeing people come out months after the tragic event shows the support isn't going anywhere.

"It makes me hopeful for the future that we'll still have events like this and people will be there for us," said Weiland's wife Kara. 

A loving officer was lost, however his family and friends say the fundraiser will help inspire and lead to more officers like Weiland.  

"We're happy to be able to use his name to help future students become police officers," said Preiser. 

Weiland's family said they could feel his presence at the ride and said seeing everyone would mean so much to him. 

"He'd be humbled and honored that people are here to support his family and honor him and carry on his legacy," said Kara. 

There were signs at the event that Weiland was with them.

"I think we all wouldn't have thought it'd be 90 degrees at the end of September. He probably would have thought it wouldn't happen because the weather would be bad. He's probably helping us have this wonderful day today and this weather," said Kara. 

The ride started at the Weston Trail-Head on the Mountain Bay Trail. 

The goal of the ride was to raise $10,000 dollars for the scholarship. 

The fundraiser also raised funds for the DC Everest School District's D.A.R.E. program.

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