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Dozens of cyclists gathered at a memorial to Darcy Sheppard on Tuesday, after the Crown dropped charges against Michael Bryant.

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Mourners placed a wilted rose, among other flowers, on the handles of a white bicycle near Bloor Street and Avenue Road in memory of Darcy Allan Sheppard, the 33-year-old bike courier who died last August after an altercation with Michael Bryant.

Tuesday's impromptu vigil came after word spread through the bicycle-courier community that the Crown had dropped all charges against Ontario's former attorney-general.

With police watching, about 100 cyclists gathered in silence at the scene of Mr. Sheppard's death.

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"A man has been killed and this memorial was set to memorialize him," said Marli Epp, a spokeswoman for the Toronto Bike Messenger Association.

"My hope was to bring people together who are cyclists and his friends and anyone who is touched by this."

Michael Louis Johnson, a 41-year-old bartender, rode in on his bike and played a song on his trumpet called A Requiem for Justice, a piece he wrote to cope with Mr. Sheppard's death.

"I play trumpet because I think it's important not to respond in violence. For my own health, I try to play and not get mad," he said.

Mr. Johnson never met Mr. Sheppard; but as a cyclist, he was touched by the death. He expressed frustration over the Crown's statement, which suggested Mr. Sheppard had a history of aggression toward motorists.

"If someone swears at me, I don't smash a bar glass in their face. If someone punches me in the face, do I take out a gun and blow his face off? No, if you're scared, you throw your [keys] park and get out and run."

Ms. Epp said Mr. Sheppard was a troubled man but had promise.

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"He was a good person. He was on the road to a lot of good things in his life. He battled a lot of adversity and he was on the up and up," she said during the vigil.

"It was stolen from him. He didn't have a chance."

The memorial ended with the cyclists riding down Bloor Street, accompanied by police.

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