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Rachel Rock Palermo and Thomas Palermo
Rachel Rock Palermo and Thomas Palermo (Courtesy Michael Tappe, Baltimore Sun)

A fundraising effort to benefit the children of a bicyclist killed over the weekend in Baltimore quickly raised more than $7,000.

Thomas Palermo was killed Saturday in a crash on Roland Avenue involving a car driven by Heather Elizabeth Cook, a high-ranking Episcopal bishop. Cook has not been charged and police continue to investigate.

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Palermo, a 41-year-old Anneslie resident, was married and the father of a 6-year-old daughter, Sadie, and a 4-year-old son, Sam. A Palermo Children's Educational Trust was established and promoted on the youcaring.com website with a goal of raising $10,000.

Donations can also be sent to the trust fund care of Molloy Investment Group, One South St., 30th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202.

Local bicyclists plan to honor Palermo with a memorial ride and vigil on New Year's Day. Organizers with Bikemore Inc. has asked riders to meet at 3:30 p.m. at Bishop Square Park at North Charles Street and East University Parkway. Participants will hold a moment of silence and ride to the crash scene, where non-riders are invited to meet up. The group plans to then celebrate Palermo's life at Gallery 788 and De Kleine Duivel on Hickory Avenue in Hampden.

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