RIP Tuba Dude

Postby BigDogBuford » November 4th, 2008, 6:22 pm

http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/ ... b.html?npc

This just makes me sick.....absolutely sick. I have loved running into "Tuba Dude" (what I always called him) for almost 20 years while out and about downtown. He was amazing and always a joy to run into. A true street busker that will be missed. RIP Tuba Man.

Seattle's 'Tuba Man' beaten to death
01:41 PM PST on Tuesday, November 4, 2008
By KING Staff and Associated Press

SEATTLE - A street musician known to Seattle sports fans for playing the tuba and wearing funny hats outside stadiums has been robbed and beaten to death.

Police say 53-year-old Edward McMichael was attacked Saturday after midnight near a bus stop in the 500 block of Mercer Street.

He was treated for head wounds and died sometime Sunday or early Monday at his home.

Two 15-year-old suspects have been arrested for investigation of murder. Gang and homicide detectives are looking for three more suspects.

McMichael was a fixture at sporting events, whether it was before a Seahawks game, a Sonics game or a Mariner's game – even outside McCaw Hall on opera nights.

He clearly enjoyed the place he occupied outside the stadium - and in the hearts of fans.

Edward McMichael, the "Tuba Man."

Today, blogs are full of comments and memories of Tuba Man.

"I can't tell you how many times in the past years we saw and heard this gentleman entertain us as we went to sports and cultural events in Seattle. What a terrible
loss," said one writer.

"May the Lord welcome you in to his fold Edward, Tuba and all," said another.

Police say the suspects they are looking for have only been described as being black males in their mid-teens. Anyone who may have seen the attack on Oct. 25 is urged to contact Seattle Police Homicide at 206 684-5550.
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Postby Jenn » November 4th, 2008, 6:39 pm

:( Geez.....
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Postby Marinepits » November 4th, 2008, 6:39 pm

Oh my god! That is so horrible! :cry:
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Postby BigDogBuford » November 4th, 2008, 6:42 pm

Jenn wrote::( Geez.....


He was a real Seattle icon and wonderful human being. *sigh*
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Postby iluvk9 » November 4th, 2008, 7:25 pm

That is just sickening. :(

RIP Tuba Dude.
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Postby TheRedQueen » November 4th, 2008, 7:26 pm

RIP Tuba Dude...how very, very sad... :(
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Postby SisMorphine » November 4th, 2008, 7:45 pm

That is absolutely disgusting.

RIP Tube Dude. You rocked many-a-person's world.
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Postby hugapitbull » November 4th, 2008, 7:52 pm

How horrible. What is the matter with our society? It disgusts me to think no one is safe anymore. :mad2:
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Postby madremissy » November 4th, 2008, 8:39 pm

RIP Tuba Dude.
What disgusts me is the age of the suspects. So scary that our children can commit such crimes and it is the norm to some people. :nono:
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Postby BigDogBuford » November 4th, 2008, 8:43 pm

It's scary and has suddenly made me feel very vulnerable.

As an unfortunate side effect to my work (performer) I am out *very* late many nights, often in much sketchier areas than where Tube Man was beaten. Luckily I have a very understanding and patient hubby who sometimes doesn't want to go to these shows but always does so that I have an escort. But still.......
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » November 4th, 2008, 9:53 pm

15 year olds? Gang initiation. Effers.
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Postby cheekymunkee » November 4th, 2008, 10:06 pm

Stupid little shits. RIP Tuba Man
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Postby Tiger » November 4th, 2008, 10:42 pm

This is so sad and a statement to how low our society has sunk.

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Postby SisMorphine » November 4th, 2008, 10:47 pm

BigDogBuford wrote:It's scary and has suddenly made me feel very vulnerable.

As an unfortunate side effect to my work (performer) I am out *very* late many nights, often in much sketchier areas than where Tube Man was beaten. Luckily I have a very understanding and patient hubby who sometimes doesn't want to go to these shows but always does so that I have an escort. But still.......

Ever thought about perhaps working a dog into your shows? Even when I leave work at 9pm I am SO happy that I have my dogs with me. A protection trained dog is a beautiful thing . . .
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Postby airwalk » November 4th, 2008, 11:07 pm

BigDogBuford wrote:It's scary and has suddenly made me feel very vulnerable.

As an unfortunate side effect to my work (performer) I am out *very* late many nights, often in much sketchier areas than where Tube Man was beaten. Luckily I have a very understanding and patient hubby who sometimes doesn't want to go to these shows but always does so that I have an escort. But still.......


You need to work hubby into your act! :D
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Postby TinaMartin » November 5th, 2008, 1:47 pm

How sad.
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