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Vigil Held For Motorcyclist Killed In Accident Tuesday

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SOUTH ST. LOUIS, MO. (KPLR) - A vigil was held at the scene of Tuesday’s fatal accident in South St. Louis.   Rick Axelson was riding a motorcycle, when he was struck and killed by a school bus on Morganford.  The bus driver was injured and is still hospitalized.

Another adult and the children on the bus were not injured.

Witnesses say it was a horrifying accident, that left motorcyclist Rick Axelson with nowhere to go.  He was killed Tuesday in a collision with a school bus on Morganford and Blow.

Thursday night his family and friends gathered at the accident spot for a candle light vigil to remember his life.

Family and friends of Rick Axelson returned to the scene of the fatal accident at Morganford and Blow Street to celebrate Rick’s life.  Rick was remembered by many as a generous and humorous friend, but to Sheila Bell, Rick was her whole life.

Sheila was Rick’s girlfriend for the last 14 years.  

Rick provided for Sheila and took care of Sheila who has been battling Liver Cirrhosis since the mid 1980's.

Friends described rick as an always laughing and joking around man.

As an auto technician, rick would pull over and help anyone he saw on the side of the road with car troubles.

Rick did not have much family of his own in the area, but Sheila says her own children saw him as a father and everyone loved him.

Rick Axelson did not have life insurance.  There is a trust fund to help pay for his services at American Eagles Credit Union in Rick's name.