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Who are the Rydaz?

Club traces roots to Iraq; chapters here and in N.C.

By Katherine Wartell

The motorcycle club whose New Years Eve event here became a drive-by shooting scene appears to consist of about a dozen members whose commonalities include both a fondness for motorcycles and a military background.

The Assassin Street Rydaz website asserts that the club was founded to “establish and maintain a spirit of Motorcycle Club and Esprit de Corps that will enhance the prestige of all motorcycle riders, encourage on-going rider education and skills development, and reduce the potential of motorcycle mishaps.” It lists its motto as “Go hard or go home.”

One of the club’s members, Frederick Beverly, was a national guardsman who was killed at about 4 a.m. New Year’s Day in what officials have characterized as a drive-by shooting at the club’s headquarters. No suspects have been identified, and police say they are seeking a blue newer model Chevrolet, possibly an Impala, with 22-inch chrome rims. The vehicle was described as having the number 22 written on the side and having dark tinted windows with chrome around the window edges.

Lt. Josh Kyle said police are pursuing several active leads after receiving numerous tips over Crime Stoppers.

Authorities have said little to date about the Assassin Street Rydaz, which its website identifies as having been founded in December 2009 in Tikrit, Iraq. The club lists chapters in Manhattan and also in Fayetteville, N.C., a city that is just outside Fort Bragg.

The club claims to be “open to all types of motorcycles” that are 600 cubic centimeters or larger. A 600-cc cycle is considered to be a medium-sized model, the size limitation presumably existing to exclude what might be termed” scooter people.”

Photos listed on the website show about a dozen persons who appear to constitute the membership. One photo shows members leaning on what appears to be a police car, as if they were about to be searched. The website identifies the club’s Manhattan President as “007,” and lists his “weapon of choice (motorcycle) as a Kawasaki ZX-14.

The address of their clubhouse is listed as 1827 Fair Lane, a locked garage listed in county records as being owned by Bill Noble.

Bill Snyder, owner of the local Honda dealership and a man familiar with the local motorcycle scene, characterized the Rydaz as “not really a gang per se, just a bunch of GIs and young guys feeling their oats.” The club held at least one significant get-together during the past year, a “foam party” last May at the Blue Hills Shopping Center. A “foam party” is a term describing an event featuring dancing on a floor covered in several feet of suds or bubbles dispensed from a foam machine.

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