LITTLETON, Colo. (CBS4) – Eight years ago Saturday 16-year-old Emily Keyes died. She was killed by a gunman who held her and six other girls hostage inside Platte Canyon High School.

Ever since then the community comes together yearly for Emily’s Ride.

On Sunday, bikers, students, parents and friends filled the parking lots of Columbine High School for the annual Emily’s Parade, which was the largest ever.

Emily Keyes (credit: iloveuguys.org)

Emily Keyes (credit: iloveuguys.org)

“This is part of the ripple,” Emily’s mother Ellen Keyes said.

It’s an event Ellen says keeps getting bigger and bigger.

“It’s fabulous, there’s a lot of heart here … a lot of very good hearts,” she said.

Riders travel from Columbine to Platte Canyon High School to raise money for the I Love U Guys Foundation — the words Emily texted to her family while held hostage inside her high school.

“What we do with the foundation is move people from apathy to attention to action,” Emily’s father John-Michael Keyes told the crowd.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

The Keyes family says it focuses on promoting school safety and what more can be done.

“We have programs today in more than 7,500 schools in the U.S. and Canada,” John-Michael said.

As family and friends remember Emily, and others whose lives were lost, students from Columbine donated $1,800 to the I Love U Guys Foundation on Sunday.

Emily’s parents say moving forward is about not only remembering, but also doing what we can to prevent future tragedies.

First group of motorcycles arrive at Platte Canyon with supporters on the pedestrian overpass to cheer them on. (credit: Mike Quaintance of Bailey)

First group of motorcycles arrive at Platte Canyon with supporters on the pedestrian overpass to cheer them on. (credit: Mike Quaintance of Bailey)

Leading the arrival at Emily's Parade at Platte Canyon were members of the Blue Knights Motorcycle Club. These are active and former law enforcement officers. (credit: Mike Quaintance of Bailey)

Leading the arrival at Emily’s Parade at Platte Canyon were members of the Blue Knights Motorcycle Club. These are active and former law enforcement officers. (credit: Mike Quaintance of Bailey)

“Emily gave us a voice, but from that classroom she also told us what to say – ‘I love you guys,’ “ John-Michael said.

LINK: The I Love U Guys Foundation

Riders in Emily's Parade are excited to arrive at Platte Canyon High School. They have been cheered on my hundreds of spectators along the way. Here is a cheerful wave from riders decked out with pink ribbons and an American flag. (credit: Mike Quaintance of Bailey)

Riders in Emily’s Parade are excited to arrive at Platte Canyon High School. They have been cheered on my hundreds of spectators along the way. Here is a cheerful wave from riders decked out with pink ribbons and an American flag. (credit: Mike Quaintance of Bailey)

The parking lot at Platte Canyon High School is starting to fill with riders arriving on U.S.285. Traffic on the highway is moving slowly due to "leaf-lookers" and the bikers. (credit: Mike Quaintance of Bailey)

The parking lot at Platte Canyon High School is starting to fill with riders arriving on U.S.285. Traffic on the highway is moving slowly due to “leaf-lookers” and the bikers. (credit: Mike Quaintance of Bailey)

With 1,500 "parade registered" motorcycles carrying over 2,000 registered riders, the parking lots adjacent to Platte Canyon High School are close to completely full. (credit: Mike Quaintance of Bailey)

With 1,500 “parade registered” motorcycles carrying over 2,000 registered riders, the parking lots adjacent to Platte Canyon High School are close to completely full. (credit: Mike Quaintance of Bailey)


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