Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Tom Pfaeffle, Phenom Sound Engineer Murdered in Hotel Mishap

Hello World Family,
This is the kind of story that makes me so mad and sad at the same time, I just want to cry.
Did Falcon not say during this period between eclipses to put the DAMN GUNS DOWN???!
I am sure I said that. In addition to the number of senseless, stupid incidents of random and premeditated murder I have heard over the past few days, our Brothers from Queensryche blogged about this unbelievable tragedy. Thanks to Methow Valley News and online The Stranger for details:

A 49-year-old man was shot and killed in a Twisp motel Friday night (July 17) when he tried to enter the wrong room, and the alleged shooter has been booked into the county jail.

The incident occurred at 10:41 p.m.

The victim, Thomas Pfaeffle of Black Diamond, Wash., apparently mistakenly tried to unlock the wrong door at the Blue Spruce Motel, where he was staying with his wife. He was shot through the door from within the room and collapsed behind parked cars in front of the motel units, according to a report from Twisp Police Chief Rick Balam. Pfaeffle was taken to Mid-Valley Hospital in Omak, where he died from his wounds two hours later.

Another hotel guest, from Renton, suffered minor injuries when another shot came through the wall of the hotel unit. He did not require medical attention, according to Balam.

Police said the suspect, a 57-year-old man from Seattle, was still inside his room when they arrived. Balam was able to contact him by phone and he agreed to come out. He was arrested without incident and booked for Second Degree Murder and Assault in the Second Degree. Though police have not released his name, a man named Kino Michael Gomez, 57, was booked into Okanogan County Jail at 3:30 a.m. Saturday (July 18) on those same charges, according to the Okanogan County Sheriff's booking log.

Pfaeffle was a master live concert audio mixer, owner of The Tank recording studio in Black Diamond. He has worked with bands like Nirvana, Queensryche, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, B.B. King and the Black Crowes.

Okay, so our brother is going to his hotel room, accidentally goes to the wrong door, and the guy shoots through the door and kills Tom? I am losing my mind over this! Have any of you ever gone to the wrong hotel room door? Me, too!!! Has someone ever tried to get into your room only to realize they had the wrong door? Me, too!!! The idea that I could be blown away like a scene from Scarface for something like that is unnerving.

Tom has done so much for so many, it's hard to know where to begin. He has been a force in the Seattle music scene for years, and helps countless bands. He's a live mixing giant. My sorrow goes deep on this one, Brothers and Sisters...very deep...

Our deepest and sincerest condolences go out to Tom's family, friends, and anyone who was lucky enough to have this guy touch their lives. He will be sorely missed, and I know wherever he is, there is peace and blessings for him. For us, there is an incredible sense of loss. DO not act out in anger or frustration over his passing, but let it stand as a opportunity to love each other more, and show each other more love. Give someone you know needs it a hug today, and that will honor Tom. Be the best you can be in your craft and as a friend and that will honor Tom. Write something for him. Sing for him. Play for him. That honors the living art that he worked so hard for and that no one can take away.

We will never know what more he would have done; we will never experience those milestones. That contribution on this plane is gone. We must continue to carry appreciation and respect for him in our hearts. We must move forward to honor what he did in his life, and work hard to make sure he is not forgotten.

Falcon has already said this, but it is worth repeating: PUT THE GUNS DOWN! A split second misjudgement can alter your life forever, and not in a good way. Find a way to approach someone with love, or walk away in love, but don't act out in such a negative, permanent, unalterable fashion. You cannot undo that. Be strong, take the proverbial high road, not the lowest common denominator.

In the truest sense of the word today World Family, on this Cancer New Moon and solar eclipse, I wish you peace.

With much love, Brothers and Sisters,
Falcon and Dove

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