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Waco Biker Remembers One Year After Shootout

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WACO (CBS11) - It's been a solemn day for many in Waco.

One year ago, nine bikers were killed during a fight between rival groups and a shootout with police.

There were concerns that biker groups might do something disruptive so Waco Police closed the area around the restaurant to traffic.

But a local leader of the Cossacks says what happened one year ago is not what bikers are about.

"I was looking for a way to get out of there and keeping my head down," says John Wilson.

He was right in the middle of the carnage when a Waco Twin Peaks restaurant turned into a bloodbath one year ago today.

"It's a solemn day I lost very close friends," says Wilson, president of the McLellan County Cossacks.

The Waco motorcycle shop owner not only lost seven friends, he was arrested even though he says he was unarmed.

"We went there for peaceful purposes and I even told my guys even if you have a CHL not to carry guns in there because there had been tensions," says Wilson.

Wilson says most people never heard of the Cossacks before that day.

He says it's been a peaceful biker group known more for charity toy rides than violence.

He says his arrest has damaged his motorcycle business.

"There's individuals out there that maybe are not doing business with me because of it but I don't know that," says Wilson.

Family and friends of the seven Cossacks bikers that were killed launched balloons and visited a memorial outside the now vacant restaurant that Wilson passes everyday with the same thought.

"I look over there and try to remember the friends I lost, it is solemn ground," says Wilson.

CBS11 did see one Bandito member out here.

Two of there members were killed.

More than 150 bikers have been indicted for engaging in organized crime to commit murder but none have been to court a year later.

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