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Kalamazoo child's stolen bike returned; replacement bike to be donated to local child

Parker was one of four Kalamazoo Public School students to get a bike for perfect attendance. (WWMT/Franque Thompson)

An update to a story Newschannel 3 reported Thursday on the theft of an outstanding 6-year-old student’s bicycle.

Yesterday, Newschannel 3 talked to Parker Lee-El and his father, Anthony, about the bike he had stolen from outside of his Kalamazoo home.

Parker was one of four Kalamazoo Public School students to get a bike for perfect attendance.

His grandparents bought him a replacement bike, but since the original bike has been returned, Parker and his dad want to pay it forward and give the replacement bike to a local child in need.

“We want to give this bike to a kid in need,” Lee-El said. “We haven't figured out how we're going to do it, but that's definitely what we want to do. If anybody knows anybody, a child who needs one, if [Newschannel 3] knows somebody we definitely want to do that."

In addition to paying it forward, Parker and Lee-El thanked West Michigan for spreading the word about the stolen bike.

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