Mirra remembered for impact on others, Greenville, and BMX

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Greenville mayor Allen Thomas is still processing pro-BMXer Dave Mirra’s death.

He had spoken to Mirra a few hours before police say the BMX legend shot himself in his truck.

“A normal Dave conversation, a guy with energy and excitement,” recalled Allen Thomas Friday morning. He said Mirra was particularly excited about their plans to build an extreme sports venue. “He’s going to be missed, but I think the main thing is what he stands for is not going anywhere. He’s someone that’s going to drive some wonderful things here.”

Greenville Police will not discuss any reason for why Mirra took his life, but police spokeswoman Kristen Hunter said they will discuss helping others who may be struggling.

“We hope someone who is watching today will reach out to a friend in need,” said Kristen Hunter, Greenville Police Public Information Officer. “We hope someone who is watching today realizes that they are not alone.”

Mayor Thomas said he can’t help but wonder if the injuries Mirra sustained during his BMX career played a role in his death.

“It really gives pause to think about one who put his life out there and his body out there for so many years if that’s something that I would hope we’re able to solve that mystery,” said Thomas.

What he says isn’t a mystery is the impact Mirra had on him, the city of Greenville and the BMX world.

“We love you, Dave Mirra,” said Thomas. “We’re going to miss you and your legacy is going to live on in this community far beyond.

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