Hundreds walk for Loesch

KINGFIELD — Hundreds gathered Wednesday evening in Martin Luther King Park to retrace the path Mark Loesch took on his final bicycle ride.

Loesch, a husband and father of four, left his Kingfield home Sept. 12 on a late-night bicycle ride into South Minneapolis and never returned. His body, badly beaten, was found the next morning on the lawn of a Powderhorn Park neighborhood home, just over a mile from Loesch’s house.

The procession stretched for blocks as people both on foot and on bicycles made their way to the 3700 block of Elliot Avenue South. There, at the scene of Minneapolis’ 35th homicide this year, many lit candles in Loesch’s memory.

Molly Hanson, the sister of Loesch’s wife, Samantha, thanked those who joined the memorial and called the show of support “overwhelming.”