Cote Memorial Ride Honors WNYer Killed in Iraq

August 22, 2010 Updated Aug 22, 2010 at 8:50 PM EDT

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August 22, 2010 Updated Aug 22, 2010 at 8:50 PM EDT

A young man from Western New York who was held hostage and then killed in Iraq was memorialized in his hometown on Sunday through a motorcycle ride. Nearly 200 bikers rode from Williamsville North High School to the Wilson Boat House in memory of Jonathon Cote. Cote was taken hostage in 2006 along with four others while working as a security contractor in Iraq. Cote was missing for 523 days before his body was returned home.

"The proceeds (from the motorcycle ride) are going to go to the Jonathon Cote Memorial Fund," says D.J. Szymanski, a friend of Cote's, "It's actually a scholarship fund for Williamsville North. Any proceeds that expand over the scholarship we're going to give to FreedomIsNotFree.com which helps soldiers that have been captured come home."

This is the second year Cote's friends and family have organized this event.