A Colorado woman is planning a charity poker run and memorial ride in honor of Gannon Stauch, an 11-year-old Colorado Springs boy found dead in March.
“It’s become something that I think our community is not going to stand for and it’s time to take a stand against it,” Organizer Stephanie Conyers told Fox 21 News.
Gannon’s stepmother, Letecia Stauch, is currently behind bars at the El Paso County Jail, charged with his murder. Conyers told the outlet that the charity event is to show support for Gannon’s family by doing a charity poker run, followed by a motorcycle ride through the Lorson Ranch neighborhood near Colorado Springs, the last known place Gannon was seen alive.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Letecia Stauch said Gannon left their Lorson Springs home on foot on January 27 to visit a friend and never returned. Investigators say, however, that Letecia Stauch murdered the boy in his own bedroom, then went to great lengths to cover up the crime scene, which included moving his body to at least two different locations in an attempt to hide him.
“It’s a community gathering saying his family has our support,” Conyers said.
Conyers added that ride was scheduled for April but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Participants plan to practice social distancing and will be in groups of 10 or less.
“We are staying at 6 ft. apart in groups of ten or less and if you’re going to be in a group of ten or less we prefer those groups to stay at least 13 ft. apart masks are encouraged but not required,” Conyers said.
Participants plan to arrive at different checkpoints and play one hand of poker before going to the next checkpoint. The Lorson Ranch motorcycle ride will take place afterward.
For more information and registration details, visit the event page on Facebook.
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[Feature Photo: Gannon Stauch/Handout]