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Waco Latest: Funeral Held For Biker

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PLANO (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A funeral was held Saturday in Plano for one of the nine bikers killed in a shootout outside a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco last Sunday.

47-year-old Richard V. "Bear" Kirschner Jr., a motorcycle enthusiast, was among those shot dead when a motorcycle gang dispute erupted in gunfire.

According to CBS 11, members of the Cossack biker gang were present. The media was not allowed into the funeral home.

Waco police spokesman Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton has said all those killed or injured were members of five criminal motorcycle gangs at the Twin Peaks restaurant "Bike Night".

About 170 people remain jailed in Waco on $1 million bond -- each. They are all charged with engaging in an ongoing criminal enterprise.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety records searched by the Associated Press, more than 115 of the people arrested had never been convicted of a crime in Texas.

CBS affiliate KWTX in Waco reported Saturday that local district judges likely will have to reach out to other counties to have enough lawyers to appoint to bikers who claim they need court-appointed counsel as cases move into court.

On Friday, Texas lawmakers approved motorcycle safety legislation that supporters say was going to be discussed at the biker's meeting in Waco. The measure, which now heads to Gov. Greg Abbott, would funnel some of the state's motorcycle-related fees to state Department of Transportation campaigns that remind motorists to share the road and look twice for motorcycles. Some fees already help boost the Texas Department of Public Safety's motorcycle education efforts.

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