Emotional vigil held for motorcycle crash victim

FRESNO, Calif. - Friends and family are grieving the loss of Blaine Thomas. The 26-year-old Fresno man died Thursday night when he was thrown from his motorcycle after hitting debris on the roadway. 

Dozens of people attended a candlelight vigil at Ashlan and Barton Friday.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Thomas was riding westbound on the 168 on-ramp to the 180. They say he hit a fridge that had fallen from a vehicle. 

"There's people that talked to him minutes prior to it happening so it's still a shock," Marie Lopez a friend said. 

Blaine's sister, Ashlyn Thomas, said he was like a father.

"My brother is one of the best people honestly. I lost my dad at nine, so I've just been asking 'How can you lose a father twice?'" she said. 

"He's just the best. I can't say anything bad about him. I don't think anyone could say anything bad about him," Lopez said. 

Those who knew him said his passion was rapping and his sense of humor was infectious. 

"He knew how to make anybody smile no matter what, no matter what, and any time I cry, I can just hear him, 'Be quiet stop crying,'" Ashlyn said. 

Family and friends plan on being at the memorial site around the clock for the next few days. 

There's a GoFundMe set up to help with funeral expenses.

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