How did Bikers Against Domestic Violence get started?

Bikers Against Domestic Violence was founded by a group of friends that have been impacted by domestic violence in some way or another. After losing multiple well-loved friends/family within the biker community, we were inspired to bring awareness, provide support and connect with other two-wheeled enthusiasts in addition to the general public.

Who was Natalie?

Natalie Susan Thurber

June 8, 1985 - February 10, 2020

Natalie was born in American Fork, Utah on June 8, 1985. She was the second of four children in her family. Ever since Natalie was little she was a life force; always questioning why and expressing her discontent with life’s uncertainties along with what was expected of her based on society and religion. She walked her own path in every aspect. Natalie always had more friends than she could probably even count. She was always the life of the party, easily adapted to new situations and made lifelong friends wherever she went, which was everywhere.

New career ventures took her all over the United States including: Utah, California, Texas, Minnesota, and Ohio. Natalie was absolutely passionate about her work, whether she was working at Larry's Towing or Sunbelt, she was adamant about customer service and was hell bent on making the company better than when she got there. Even if it wasn’t asked or expected. She was headstrong, with her attitude and opinion and always made her presence known. Although my sister was a badass at face value, she had a heart of gold and an array of emotions to which she felt more than your average person. Natalie’s loyalty to the people in her life is what made her such a force to be reckoned with in the most beautiful way. She loved her people in excess and always made sure they knew it.

The world and my life personally has become less bright without her powerful soul. I can speak for all who knew her that we are all better from knowing her. My beautiful sister was taken before her time. To a known injustice that women encounter everyday is what makes this origination so powerful. We do not want any more women to have to endure what Natalie did. The change starts today, for Natalie.

Written By Natalie’s sister - Mandy Thurber

Who was Keri?

3/21/1977 - 8/29/2019

Keri was born and raised in Yorba Linda, California and moved to Lake Havasu City, Arizona in 2007. Her greatest joy in life was being a mother to two beautiful children. She was a beloved mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. Keri loved to sing and she was a great cook. She established a successful career in health care administration, and she was committed to making her community a better place to live. She initiated an employee volunteer program in her workplace that provides service in the Lake Havasu City area.

Despite outward appearances, Keri suffered verbal and emotional abuse throughout her relationship with her second husband. When she finally built the courage to leave the marriage and establish a safe home environment for her children and herself, her estranged husband murdered her during settlement negotiations for their divorce. Her children were only 15 and 18 years old at the time of her death.

Keri lives on in the hearts and memories of all those who loved her.

Written By Keri’s Mom - Cindy. Last names withheld to protect the children.