Emilio Nevarez, bassist of the Oakland punk act The Lucky Eejits, was tragically killed while loading out gear at a show outside of the Golden Bull Bar around 1AM last night, after finishing a show at the venue located near Oakland City Hall.
His band-mates posted the following statement on their Facebook page earlier today:
“Saturday April 4th our lives shook and have been put to a halt. This is the last thing I feel we would ever have to do collectively as a group and announce. Our best friend, brother and Bass player Emilio Nevarez was taken from us so suddenly by gunfire. Emilio was doing what we always do after our shows and prepping our gear to load back in the van. Just minutes before the tragedy Tyler and myself were walking to get the van to bring up front to load. Before we could even pull It up our brother was gone. We have been in a dark world of sadness and pure confusion as to why this happened to our beloved, beautiful and talented friend. If you knew Emilio you know he would tell us all not cry and not to be sad. He would want each and everyone of us to be strong.He was and will always be to us a strong man and incredible influence to our sound. We want to take a second to give our love, feelings and honor for Emilio’s incredible family who are experiencing pain beyond words. Thank you for giving us a beautiful talented person we could have in this band and scene. We also would like to extend a huge and loving thank you the Punk Rock community from all over for the phone calls, texts and messages to us and Emilio’s friends and family. As a community as friends and as punk rockers we stick together and we are going to to this for our fallen brother Emilio. More information on services will be posted and if you would like to be involved some how keep in touch.
Thank you from the bottom of our aching hearts to each and everyone of you.
Casey FitzPatrick and Tyler Salinas
The Lucky Eejits”
Our thoughts go out to Emilio’s family and friends during this difficult time.