Jeremy Lusk funeral forecast calls for rain, lots of tears and a fond remembrance
The forecast calls for rain Monday, but that's not likely to prevent fans of Jeremy Lusk from attending the freestyle motocross star's funeral.
If reaction to Lusk's death days after a horrific accident last Saturday is any indication, hundreds, perhaps thousands will be on hand for the 1 p.m. service at the Revival Christian Fellowship Church at 29220 Scott Rd. in Menifee, Calif.
"WE WOULDN’T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD. WE WOULD EVEN HITCH HIKE IF WE HAD TOO," reads one of hundreds of comments Metal Mulisha website.
Another reads, "I wish all the boys will fire up their bikes for you one last time and lead you to your final resting place."
This website had more than 200 comments related to the Lusk tragedy, and Lusk items had more than 150,000 viewers from all over the world. An overwhelming majority expressed sympathy, shock and good wishes to Lusk's wife, Lauren, his family, and the Metal Mulisha group.
There were some few people devoid of passion, who essentially implied that anyone who takes that much risk deserves to die. I couldn't disagree more, and though I'm no daredevil athlete, I do take risks and admire people who push themselves and advance their sports for themselves, but also for fans.
This applies to everything from motorcycle riding to big-wave surfing; there are inner thrills and a level of satisfaction involved that only the athletes can understand. And there are very few fatalities in any so-called action sport.
I'm glad that Lusk won the gold medal at last summer's X Games. That was a pinnacle moment and he beamed afterward. I wonder if he'll be taking the medal into the afterlife, or if Lauren will choose to keep it as a memento.
I wonder if it's actually going to rain Monday afternoon.
-- Pete Thomas
Photo: Jeremy Lusk flips his motorcycle during a competition last Saturday in San Jose, Costa Rica. The popular rider from Temecula died Tuesday of injuries suffered in a crash during the competition. Credit: Albert Marin / La Nacion. Inset: Jeremy Lusk. Credit: Metal Mulisha