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Memorial benefit for a Dubuque family

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It's been a trying difficult six weeks for the Dress family.

"I miss him a lot. I've been very, very busy trying to get all this stuff together for the benefit, so I guess I haven't given myself enough time to grieve," said Molli White, mother of Spencer Dress.

Loved ones of Spencer are gathered at a memorial benefit in Dubuque.

He died in a motorcycle crash in May, at the age of 25.

The accident happened on Heritage Trail. Dubuque Police say motorcycles aren't allowed to ride there. They say Spencer was going at a high rate of speed, then lost control.

"He loved bikes, cars, anything...he was always in the garage working on something," said Spencer's girlfriend, Keeley Hammel.

He also  loved his 4-year-old son, Emmett.

Then there's little Spencer Jr., who was born a week after he died. "It still doesn't seem real that he's gone...I'm just shocked. I didn't expect to do this on my own, we had plans, I know plans change...but this is extreme," Hammer added.

At this silent auction, Spencer's family is hoping to raise enough money to pay off his funeral and buy him a headstone.

A portion of the money raised will be used for a trust fund for his sons. 

The memorial benefit is being held Sunday at Courtside Sports Bar and Grill in Dubuque until 10 p.m. 

It's open to the public.

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