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Community honors Purple Heart recipient who passed away, donates special bike to son

ANGEL TUNCAP

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- A group of over 50 motorcycle enthusiasts honored a special friend Saturday.

A club from the American Legion joined other riders and some Special Forces soldiers from Fort Carson in honor of Angel Tuncap Jr., a veteran who earned two Purple Hearts during his time in service, who recently passed away.

"Angel's been a friend of mine for 35, or so years. I've worked with him, been around him most of my life. I feel I owe it back to him, to the family, to do something like this."

The ride began at N. Nevada and ended near Prospect and Fillmore at the bowling alley where Tuncap worked.

A restored Harley-Davidson with a special paint scheme was presented to Tuncap's son Lonnie at the end of the ride.

"It's something we wanted to do for him and for his son, who is receiving the bike as well," C.J Johnson said, "So, we do that for as many veterans we we can. We have an honor ride for them and it's what we do."

"I looked up to him always," Angel's son Lonnie said, "Me and my Dad were so close. To lose him has been pretty rough."

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