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Nelson Perez, Biker Who Died on BQE, is Remembered as a Gentle Giant

Nelson Perez memorialCarly Okyle Part of the memorial to Nelson Perez, an East Village resident who died on September 10.

In a recent photograph, Nelson Perez is sitting on a bicycle that he had built himself, looking cool and confident. Around the East Village, he was known as Monster Rock (or “Monstro”), as well as the Gentle Giant. Bicycles and motorcycles were his passion. It was a passion that would eventually kill him, and he knew it.

“He would say, ‘I’m gonna ride to die,’” said Sandra “Sin” Mercado, a friend of Mr. Perez’s who was with him on the early hours of Saturday, September 10, when the fatal accident took place. Read more…