KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - For the third time, hundreds of riders hopped on their bikes in honor of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom.
More than five years have passed since the couple was tortured and murdered. The Christian and Newsom have been in and out of courtrooms ever since.
That's why their friends and supporters have this ride, to show them just how many are on their side.
"All about the happy times today," said Deena Christian, Channon's mom.
Hundreds of motorcycles lined the parking lot at Quaker Steak and Lube, all riding for the memories of Channon and Chris.
"To laugh, cry, it's just overwhelming. It's overwhelming to see everybody come out. I don't even have words for it," said ride organizer, Erin Martin.
Some did not know either family before 2007. But out of their pain of losing loved ones, has birthed a strong brotherhood among the Shepherds Riding Club and many others.
"Just take a look. Every one of these bikes is riding for Channon and Chris, every one of these bikers has got a heart as big as gold," said Deena.
"It makes us feel good that those kids are still being remembered and this is their day today, and there's a support and that makes us feel great," said Mary Newsom, Chris's mom.
Former American Idol contestant Bo Bice is not only playing a concert to help raise money, he's also riding.
"These people here keep their spirits alive. So to be able to come here and just share a part of something so special to people here in Knoxville, that's why I'm here," said Bice.
Gary Christian teased the Newsoms because they're driving instead of riding, but the entire Shepherd's brotherhood is behind them.
"Giving us courage to go into the City-County building for the 289th time," said Hugh Newsom, Chris's dad.
The ride ended at the Shed at the Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson in Maryville.