Newtown: Cyclists ride for anti-gun violence


Newtown, Conn. (WTNH)–Two cousins are gearing up for a long journey.

They’re wearing a jacket that says their mission–they’re members of ‘Team 26,’ who ride to stop gun violence.

“My sister Rema was killed at Virginia Tech April 16th. It was a tragedy what happened at Virginia Tech and I learned so much,” said rider Omar Samaha.

Tommy Fadoul also lost family in the Virginia Tech shooting. He learned what others have–that standing together and riding together can make a difference. T

“Ever since 2007, my cousin and I wanted to meld something that we are passionate about, which would be endurance sports and biking, with social change.”

Team 26 met Saturday morning in Newtown. Many members of the team lost loved ones in Sandy Hook shooting. They will make an almost 400 mile bicycle ride to Washington D.C., and spread their message to every city they stop in along the way.

“Even though its cold we are braving the weather for a good cause ,and everyone is in good spirits, so I think its going to be a good ride no matter what the weather is like,” Samaha said.

With their feet placed firmly on the pedals, they will ride hundreds of miles carrying a message to stop gun violence. But their journey won’t end in Washing D.C., and it won’t even end when they return to Newtown.

“We don’t know how long its going to take but we do know the cause is just, it’s right, and we will prevail,” said Connecticut representative Elizabeth Esty.

As politicians see them off, committing to bringing legislative change, Team 26 is putting in the foot work.

For the victims of the Sandy Hook and Virginia Tech shootings, and gun violence victims everywhere, Team 26 is carrying the torch.

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