More than 400 motorcyclists drove through Waterboro on Sunday to pay their respects to Douglas Michaud Jr., 31, who police said was gunned down earlier this month.
WATERBORO, Maine – On Sunday morning, more than 400 motorcycles took part in “Dougie’s Ride” to raise money for Douglas Michaud Jr.’s girlfriend and unborn baby after police said he was shot by the ‘one of his tenants in Biddeford earlier this month.
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“He was a very selfless person. He cared more about the people around him than himself,” said Michaud’s friend Paul Daigle.
Michaud’s family and friends have come together to remember him and celebrate his life.
âFamily was everything and he really wanted to bring people together more than anything,â said his sister, Tiffany Richards.
Police say Michaud was the owner of his residence in Biddeford and was shot by one of his tenants on the porch of the building. Police charged Randal Hennessey, 30, with Michaud’s murder.
Now friends, family, and people who didn’t even know Michaud are rallying around his girlfriend, Jamie, and their unborn child, Luca.
“I think during such a dark time you can’t take the pain away from the circumstances, but if we can financially take the stress out of it, that’s all I have to offer,” said the organizer of the event, Taylor Mikenas. Mikenas said she has been friends with Jamie since she was a child and just wanted to help.
Relatives say they decided to take a motorcycle ride because that’s what Michaud liked. âHe liked anything that had an engine,â said Richards, Mikenas and Daigle with a laugh.
While this is undoubtedly a black spot for those who knew Michaud, his relatives say there is a bright light in it all.
“We are very happy that Doug continues to live thanks to baby Luca and we are confident that will happen,” said Richards.
The organizers wanted to make sure Michaud was there in spirit, so his bike was the last one on the ride.