His given name was Michael Adam Morales, but his friends and brother bikers knew him as Mikey Smash.

The 32-year-old father of three young children was killed Saturday night after being stabbed inside — or in the vicinity of — one of downtown Bakersfield’s most famous dive bars, Guthrie’s Alley Cat.

News of Morales' death spread fast through the local biker community and beyond, as scores of friends and acquaintances left messages on social media expressing shock at the death, and condolences to Morales' loved ones. A makeshift memorial made from glass candles and flowers soon took shape at the entrance to Wall Street Alley, near Eye Street.

The Californian reached out to Morales' loved ones through a family friend, but as of midday Wednesday had received no response.

At the Alley Cat on Wednesday morning, Trisha Reed-Fike, who manages the day-to-day operations of the saloon, and her dad, the Cat's longtime owner, Kenny Reed, tried to make sense of the tragedy.

"We are strict about not letting gang-bangers or motorcycle gang members in the bar," said Reed, who has spent decades making sure the Cat feels welcoming and safe for customers. And for the most part, it has been.

But some local bikers have begun to employ "subterfuge," Reed said, by wearing "soft colors" or covering gang colors or emblems only to reveal them later.

"No matter how nice the bikers appear to be, or how much they say they love your joint, stuff like what happened Saturday will happen," he said. "It will follow them every time. It's an iron law."

That's why Guthrie's has long enforced such "rigid rules," Reed said.

Morales, on his Facebook page, was not shy about his affiliation with the Hell's Angels motorcycle club. He included a "Support 81 Bakersfield" emblem as his cover photo, supposedly symbolic of the 8th letter and 1st letter of the alphabet, signifying HA, or Hells Angels.

Reed said he feels for Morales' family and for the profound loss they are suffering. The fact that Morales is a father of young kids made it even more heart-rending.

"I don't want to disrespect bikers, but it is a two-way street," he said. "It's they who disrespected us, and our customers."

"We feel so violated," Trisha Reed-Fike said of the extreme violence that has been visited upon their place of business.

Police were called to Guthrie's Alley Cat at 1525 Wall Street Alley regarding a possibly deceased person outside at about 9:23 p.m. Saturday.

Morales was found nearby in the 1800 block of Eye Street. He died there, police said.

Asked Wednesday, BPD could not say exactly where Morales was when he was stabbed.

Steven Mayer can be reached at 661-395-7353. Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter: @semayerTBC.

(13) comments

Krb5

There’s 3 kinds of people - the 1% that didn’t know him, the 1% that didn’t like him, and then the rest of us. The 98% that knew and loved him. If you’re in the 2% - If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all. And please save your judgements from a very vague article. Let the rest of us grieve in peace.

Cookcook

And what a waste of a perfectly , perfected handsome body of his!

Terram974

I don’t even know where to begin! First of all shame on people for writing this! The statement where you state you contacted his family and got no response first of all can they not grieve in peace?! Second of all because they don’t respond that gives you the right to publish this one sided story?!? And for all of you who say he can’t possibly be a solid person because he was a biker?!? Are you kidding me?!? How dare you begin to judge someone off of a small part of their life! I am so enraged that people can be so ignorant. To know Mikey was to know that once he loved or cared about you he would always do so, he would give you his last. I guarantee he was the most solid person any of us who knew and loved Mikey know! And no matter what you all say about him you can never take that from him. I’m so sick of our society judging people off small parts of their lives. As for the club not knowing please that’s a joke. All I know is my family and I have known Mikey for the better part of 15+ years he was a friend, a brother to me, we all love him and I refuse to sit here and let you put down one of the most amazing guys we ever knew. His family, children, friends, girlfriend and anyone else who knows him shouldnt have to see or read anything like this from people who didn’t know him. Mikey.... we love you!!!

Sickofit

Daath in this manner is always sad. My apologies to his family and all loved ones

Sickofit

For me, I was being sarcastic about my comments. I believe people don’t feel sorry for a biker gangster. Not just a biker. I’m a good solid person, and I’m real. I’m not a prospect for a motorcycle gang. We all know what has to be done to get a real HA patch. Good solid guy? Really ?

Sjm

Mike was a solid guy. A real one. One of the most positive true humans I've met. He would tell you like it was. So what if he found comfort and brother hood in his life with a club. That was a small portion of his 32 years. He had 3 kids that loved him dearly. He didnt go there to die. So to say that you shouldnt feel sorry for someone because he is a biker? Get out of here with that . Mike was living at a time that made him happy and fulfilled. That's what life is about. He wasn't fake about it. Tragic he is gone. It's no ones judgment to say who he was because he was a "biker" ..I've known plenty who would help me in a heartbeat. RIP Mike. Love you.

Sickofit

HA motto...his gang, God, and his family last. He’s gonna be missed.

ears54

Are we supposed to feel sorry for biker dude?

Cookcook

"Violated the bar and its customers?" Violated will be understatement after retaliation occurs . Be careful what you say in the media

Muhammad Fatwa al Jihad

Retaliation against who? Kenny merely explained how to run a safe business. Are you implying he may be a victim of said retaliation?

HeresJohnny

Bakersfield has always been a really violent town.

Carlos24

I'm just realizing this,after living in this area (Tehachapi) for eleven years. And
if you examine the history of Bakersfield you find it has always been a violent
place.For instance the era where the city government was controlled by the
Klu Klux Klan.That was not that long ago.

Carlos24

You know Bakersfield is really a violent town.

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