The thunderous vibration of more than 200 Harley Davidson exhaust pipes rumbled through Victoria on Saturday in honor of a deceased member of the Calaveras Motorcycle Club.
More than 100 motorcyclists from all over Texas, as well as parts of Oklahoma and Washington, participated in the club’s second annual memorial ride honoring Jose “Rozzay” Lozoya. The ride started at the Texan Convenience Store, 3402, SH 185, and traveled through town to Lozoya’s grave at Resurrection Cemetery, 1009 E. Mockingbird Lane.
Lozoya died of COVID-19 in 2020 during the early stages of the pandemic. He was a member of the club’s McAllen chapter, but Victoria was his home, friends said.
Lozoya served in the Marine Corps for four years as a combat engineer. Jessica Castellanos Trevino served with him. She led the memorial ride in her truck, decorated in memory of Lozoya.
Trevino flew the Marine Corps flag and the American flag from the bed of his truck, with “Rozzay” in bold letters and other memorabilia affixed to the rear window.
“He was a great guy. He had an infectious laugh. His hugs were the best. I could talk to him about anything. He was there for me no matter what,” Trevino said. great. It shows you how loved he was as a person.
Family members spoke at the memorial service about the force with which COVID-19 hit Lozoya. He died in McAllen about two weeks after contracting the virus while visiting Victoria.
Lozoya came to Victoria for the June 19, 2020, anniversary party for the Victoria Chapter, said Calaveras National Sergeant-at-Arms Simon “Triple H” Hysquiedro.
“When he left he was sick as shit, he got on his bike and drove. He was running with the McAllen chapter at the time. As soon as he got back, Tommy, his roommate, started making calls,” Hysquierdo said. “This COVID has hit us hard.”
Everyone present agreed that Lozoya had had a positive impact on the club.
“Rozzay came h–l on wheels and he left h–l on wheels,” Hysquierdo said. “But guess what, he left an imprint on all of you.”
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