Motorcycle and airplane tribute planned for man killed in road rage incident


UPDATE Friday 7 am

Organizers say the event has been moved to Sunday at the same times and locations due to a Saturday weather threat  


By land and by air people are going to be paying tribute to Leland Sumrall.  Sumrall was a man from Irvington killed in what’s been described as a road rage killing as he was heading home in January from work in Mississippi.  He was better known as “Kisser” to his friends.  People say he was a very good man who loved both motorcycles and aviation.  They say there was hardly an aircraft at the Roy E. Ray Airport he didn’t have some hand in helping to build or repair.  

“His love was motorcycles first then he got into airplanes later in life, he was always the first one wanting to go into a fly-in and the first to show up and Sunday mornings he’d organize a ride for some of the guys down there at the airport,” said friend Phillip Grice.  

The man accused of shooting and killing Sumrall, Luis Soto Jr. is still listed in the Jackson county being held on 1.5 Million dollars bond.  

The tribute ride starts at 9 am Saturday near Halls Motorsports at 1520 West Interstate 65 Service Road South.  After that, there will be a tribute flight at Roy E. Ray Airport which will include a missing man formation and be scattering Sumrall’s ashes over the runway.  Organizers say if it rains Saturday, they’ll postpone the event and do it the following day, Sunday the 8th at the same start time.  

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