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Bikers come to 5-year-old bullied girl’s rescue

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A group of Albuquerque bikers came to 5-year-old Albuquerque girl’s rescue this week.

The girl who was bullied on her way home from school got an unexpected visit by the Punishers. They’re loud, big, burly bikers dressed in black. While the men may appear dark and dangerous, the Punishers, a law enforcement motorcycle club in Albuquerque, are far from it.

“We are all pretty soft-hearted. I’m actually a nurse,” said Punishers LE/MC Albuquerque President Norman Gonzalez.

This week the group, made up of military veterans and former police officers, banded together with local self-defense group Shockwave to help a local girl in desperate need.

“We were asked to talk to a young lady who was a victim of bullying,” said Punisher’s member Aaron Holmes.

The victim is just 5-years-old and suffers from a mental disability. The girl’s family, who asked that she not be named, said she was walking home from school this week when some neighborhood kids jumped her and beat her up.

When the Punishers got wind of the story they immediately jumped into help.

“We rounded up all the bikes and we rode over to the little girl’s house and said hi,” said Holmes.

“When she walked out she was kind of wide-eyed,” said Gonzalez.

The biker group said once the girl warmed up to them they formed a special bond.

“We told her that we are always there for her no matter what,” said Gonzalez.

Gonzalez said they left her with a strong message to always stand up for yourself and in turn the men left feeling proud.

“Emotionally, it was a good feeling,” he said.

The Punishers are a national organization focused on helping people in the community.

The group in Albuquerque also sponsors a little league team.

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Shoe art by Kokomo native stolen from northern Indiana museum

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WISH) — A shoe by an Indiana native was stolen Saturday from a northern Indiana art museum.

South Bend Museum of Art is seeking help to find the thief of a shoe from the piece titled “Welcome Knives,” part of an exhibit by Kokomo native Chris Francis that’s traveled to other U.S. museums. His work has been described as wearable architecture.

The shoe disappeared between 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday while the museum was open. The museum staff and city police are reviewing surveillance video from the Century Center to gain a lead. South Bend’s show called “Chris Francis: Modern Bespoke 21st Century Shoe Art” is in the downtown Century Center through April 5.

Francis, who grew up in Kokomo and now lives in Los Angeles, said in a statement that he was “saddened to be informed that someone has chosen to steal the piece ‘Welcome Knives’ from the exhibition. The shoes exhibited are all documented and catalogued works of art that have shown in many museums. Every shoe in the exhibition is one of a kind, with no others in existence making them very different than shoes we find in stores.”

Francis has created shoes for runway shows and for celebrities, including Lady Gaga and the members of Kiss and The Sex Pistols.

His work was displayed late last year on the Purdue University campus.

Anyone with information was asked to call the South Bend Police Department at (574) 235.9201 or contact the South Bend Museum of Art via email at info@southbendart.org, or through the museum’s social media accounts: Facebook, @SouthBendMuseumofArt; Twitter, @southbendart; Instagram, @southbendart.

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