Hundreds of riders form funeral procession for young Utahn who loved motorcycles

MAGNA - The city of Magna came together to mourn the loss of a 5-year-old son Saturday afternoon, and some estimate that more than 1,000 motorcyclists helped lead the funeral procession.

The group made its way from the boy's grandparents' home to his final resting spot at Valley View Memorial Park and Funeral Home in West Valley City.

"It makes me want to cry," said one pedestrian watching on from the sidewalk. "A father asks for help from some of his biker buddies, and this is what happens? It's unbelievable."

Hunter Weiss was killed Monday when his grandfather accidentally backed over him while pulling out of his driveway.

"It's heartbreaking for the family," one rider said. "We had to show up and show our support."

Members of the Weiss family said they expected at least 50 riders to show up to lead the procession, but they were shocked to see hundreds instead.

"This is way more than we could have ever expected," Hunter's uncle said.

The procession wound through the streets of Magna in front of hundreds of friends, neighbors, and even firefighters who simply wanted to pay their respects.

"The smile that would be on his face right now would be incredible,” Hunter's uncle said.

Before leaving the funeral, hundreds of bikers dismounted and approached Hunter's casket to pay their final respects. Some chose to say a prayer, others chose to leave their bandannas as a sign of respect.

"We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts, and we will never forget this," one family member said to those who gathered at the grave site.

12 comments

  • A Grandma

    What a beautiful thing. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends and please help the Grandpa, I’m praying hard for him as well 😒

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  • Mike

    I think it’s awesome that so many were willing to come out in support of this family.
    However, it’s sad some of them took it upon themselves to block intersections FOR THEMSELVES, as the family was long gone, for 10-15 minutes causing miles of traffic backup. Yes, it really was that long… I was sitting at an intersection they had blocked off. While I didn’t mind so much, I hope no accidents were caused from them taking these actions.

    • Beck

      What’s “sad” is that a family lost there 5 year old child. What’s “sad” is the lack of humanity, respect, and sympathy some individuals possess. What’s “sad” is that there are individuals who complain about how much of an inconvenience it is to mourn the loss of another for 10-15 minutes, out of one day of their lives.

      • Mike

        You guys are all missing my point. I said I thought it was great and that I didn’t mind the delay. My concern was that they were doing this illegally and I was concerned that doing it without police there, someone was going to get hurt. Causing yet another family grief.

      • A Grandpa

        No Beck, what’s sad is all these “bikers” thinking that taking the law into their own hands, blocking traffic and running red lights has anything to do with supporting the family. Riding in a rally to support someone or something is great until you think you’re above the law. These “bikers” are only thinking of themselves – you notice the comment about “protecting our brothers” well, if you weren’t running red lights there’d be nothing to protect against would there!
        Have enough respect for the family to either get a police escort or follow the laws so no one else gets hurt!

      • james

        No grandpa you got it twisted man… you obviously don’t understand the biker community.. if there was an issue the police would have come at us about it.. the safety of our biker community and hunters family came first making sure the pack stayed together.. if the 10 to 15 minute delay is that big of a deal shame on you sir… I would do it again too

    • Natalie

      But it was ok when they closed the freeway for that extremely long procession of police cars showing respect to one of theirs? They purposely blocked intersections to allow the group to stay as a group because that’s what a funeral procession is. I watched these guys set up and ride off with my kids. They were carefully planning how they would block the intersections with bikes to ensure the safety of the group. Police vehicles blocked traffic to allow the bikes to arrange in front of the church. It was done safely and was a beautiful and touching spectacle so big it could be seen from heaven.

      • James

        Thank you Natalie! I am glad some people do understand this! there should be more people like you in this world that understand that we were not doing it to cause problems or just to do it! we were doing it for Hunter adn his family because that kid deserved it and noone got hurt.. it was an amazing ride and I am glad I was able to be part of it

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