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Memorial Service for Riley

In Celebration of the Life of
Riley P. “Jeremiah” Kern

Riley P. “Jeremiah” Kern

A Celebration of Life
and
Memorial Tree Blessing

will be celebrated on
Saturday, October 13, 2018
at
10:30 in the morning

In Feura Bush Village Park
In the Village of Feura Bush
Town of New Scotland, New York

Join Riley’s family, friends on Saturday, October 13th, and show your support for them and for justice for Riley.


 From the Family and Friends (per Facebook announcement):

Join us in celebrating Riley Parker Kern’s life.

The event begins at 10:30am with a small Tree ceremony to pay respects to the tree that was recently planted at Feura Bush Park for Riley.

Following the ceremony there will be:

  • Music, sports, food, drinks and other activities

  • We will also have a tie-dye station with custom shirts for sale.

All proceeds raised from this event will be used to purchase a memorial stone to be placed in front of Riley’s tree.

This is a celebration and we hope everyone comes prepared to have a great time!


Special thanks and an expression of heartfelt gratitude go to the Town of New Scotland and Town Supervisor Douglas LaGrangeNew Scotland Town Clerk Diane Deschenes, the New Scotland Town Board, and particularly Town Highway Superintendent Kenneth Geyer, who worked closely with Riley’s family in support of the memorial. Please join us in extending a big Thank you! to the Town of New Scotland for all for their compassion and generous support, and their efforts to make Riley’s memorial service a reality, and to assist in planting the memorial tree in Feura Bush Village Park. Many local towns and municipalities can learn a lot about community by taking the Town of New Scotland’s example!


Riley was killed in a tragic pickup truck-motorcycle accident just one week before his 20th birthday.

This blog became aware of the accident only after local residents inquired with Smalbany about the accident which was not reported in any media, nor investigated properly by the Coeymans Police Department. Smalbany published a number of articles on the botched investigation and the apparent cover-up, and is continuing the investigation. Our readers can find more information in our Smalbany articles at the links below:

Riley P. Kern Obituary

Smalbany Articles about Riley’s Case

We Are Re-Opening the Case

Riley’s Song: Verse Two

Riley’s Mom Responds: A Mother’s Perspective.

The Editor Chimes in on Riley’s Song: What have you become, America?

Those articles grew out of our interest and concern that a fatal accident on State Route 143 in Coeymans Hollow, practically on the Sycamore Country Club golf course grounds, received absolutely no media coverage and, when readers started asking Smalbany about the accident, Smalbany started asking questions. (See the footnote in our article, Three Articles on New Baltimore Scandals: Pick One or Read All.)

Travis Hagen, the driver of the pickup truck, was a bit too quick in disposing of the slightly damaged pickup truck he was driving when the accident occurred. Hagen picked it up almost immediately  — not even waiting for the insurance adjusters to show up at Burns’ — after it was towed by Burns and Sons Towing (Ravena), and made sure it got to Copart Auctions in Albany, New York. What was the hurry? Answer: Get rid of the evidence! Nice going! Cold-Case Coeymans PD!

The Town of Coeymans, Town of Coeymans Police Department, Albany County are all dragging their feet on this one. Looks like there’s something to hide and we’ll find it. This was a wrongful death and the incompetence, insensitivity, and concealment is a disgrace!

Coeymans Police Department
Or they just don’t collect it!