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Remembering Greg Riff

Remembering Greg Riff

CORNING (WENY) -- On a rainy Tuesday night, more than 50 people huddled together on a busy roadway in Corning to remember Greg Riff -- the man killed in a terrible motorcycle accident last Friday.

Since his death, friends have left messages, flowers, and pictures of Greg at the intersection where he died. Friends say Greg loved his family, his friends and riding his motorcycle.

Greg's family did not make it to Tuesday night's gathering. They're still coping with the loss. That's why friends are selling t-shirts and organizing a fundraiser for Saturday to help pay for Greg's funeral.

"They're going through a lot right now, so I just want to help ease their pain. We have so many memories with Greg, so it's the least we can do for them," says Nicholas Stephens, a friend of Greg.

"It would mean so much to him. He wouldn't believe it. All the people that care, coming together and I really think it's because of the person he was," says Dana Cooley, Greg's girlfriend.

The fundraiser for Greg's family will be Saturday September 8th at Craig Park in Painted Post at Noon.There will be a raffle and a football game in Greg's memory. Friends are encouraging the community to attend.

Despite several severe injuries, the man riding his bike with Greg that night -- 41 year-old Scott Cornish of Corning -- is in stable condition at Robert Packer Hospital. He's expected to make a full recovery.