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Dirt Bikes, ATVs Travel Through Philly Streets in Honor of Slain Dirt Bike Rider

Dirt bike and ATV riders traveled through the streets of Philadelphia in honor of a popular figure in the dirt bike riding community who was shot and killed last week.

A funeral was held Tuesday morning for Kyrell Tyler, who was found shot to death inside a car on October 14. He was 23-years-old. 

Tyler, also known as Dirt Bike Rell, was a popular figure in Philadelphia’s dirt bike riding community. Several videos of Tyler performing stunts on his dirt bike were posted on YouTube. He also had an extensive following on social media websites such as Instagram and Vine.

After Tyler's funeral, dirt bike and ATV riders traveled through various parts of the city to pay homage. Hundreds of riders weaved in and out of traffic while revving their engines and popping wheelies. Traffic on Broad Street was backed up earlier Tuesday due to the caravan.

"It wasn't like we were trying to disrupt traffic or anything like that," said Banshee Pooch, a friend of Tyler's. "We were just trying to show some love to someone we lost. That's all." 

Both dirt bikes and ATVs are illegal on city streets. For years, police have tried to crack down on city dirt bike riders but are not allowed to pursue them due to a department policy which makes it illegal to chase a vehicle that's only committing a moving violation. Many drivers told NBC10 they believe the riders are a dangerous nuisance.

"They cut in and out of lanes," said Michelle Bridges. "I don't think it's safe. You shouldn't be riding on the streets. It puts other people at danger and at risk."

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Police told NBC10 they gave the riders a break at the start of the tribute because they knew they were mourning their friend. As the hours passed however and the bikers continued riding, police were forced to crack down. Dozens of officers, including those with the off-road motorcycle patrol were called in.

"We are doing a little bit of a push to get these riders off of the street," said Philadelphia Police Lieutenant John Stanford. "To make sure we ensure the safety of those who are commuting in the city." 

None of the ATV or dirt bike riders were arrested. An arrest also has not been made in Tyler's murder.

A $20,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in his death. If you have any information, please call Philadelphia Police.

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