Fort Wayne BMX memorial stolen, owner pleas for its return

The 'RIDE WITH CARSON' memorial was stolen from the Fort Wayne BMX track earlier this week
The 'RIDE WITH CARSON' memorial was stolen from the Fort Wayne BMX track earlier this week(Barney Goodwin)
Published: May. 13, 2022 at 4:14 PM EDT|Updated: May. 13, 2022 at 4:15 PM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - Fort Wayne BMX officials say a memorial honoring the memory of a teen who was killed while BMX racing was stolen sometime this week.

Track operator Barney Goodwin says 15-year-old Carson Stoffel of Huntington died in 2019 while racing in Illinois. The Fort Wayne BMX team made a sign to honor Carson, who used to race at the track and put it on display.

Goodwin says he left the track Wednesday evening and returned Thursday to discover the memorial had been stolen. He posted about the theft on the Fort Wayne BMX Facebook page later that day, expressing his frustration.

Goodwin says since posting that message on Facebook, many people have reached out and someone has even offered to remake the sign. However, Goodwin says it’s about sentimental value.

“The audacity of it is kind of shocking,” Goodwin said in an interview with ABC21, noting that what was stolen was very clearly a memorial.

He says the track was locked up for the night and there is a 6-foot fence surrounding it. He says they have security cameras and they will be reviewing the footage soon to see what may have happened. Anyone with information is encouraged to reach out to the group’s Facebook page.

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