Two of the people killed in Wednesday's shootings were musicians Drew “Shmootzi The Clod” Keriakedes and Joseph "Mashuguna Joe" Albanese. Keriakedes and Albanese were part of Seattle folk band, God's favorite Beefcake, a favorite at Ballard venues.
Shooting victims were members of folk band God’s Favorite Beefcake
By Dusty Henry and Anne-Marije Rook
Seattle Police reports that the suspect, responsible for both the Cafe Racer and First Hill shootings, was pronounced dead at Harborview last night.
A fifth victim, a man shot at Café Racer this morning, is also not expected to survive.
The Seattle Times meanwhile reports that the gunman was 40-year-old Ian Stawicki.
On May 30 at 11 a.m. at Café Racer Espresso in the University District, a man shot and killed three people and injured two, according to the Seattle Police.
It appears that two of those killed were members of local Seattle folk band, God’s Favorite Beefcake, a favorite at Ballard venues.
Drew “Shmootzi The Clod” Keriakedes and Joseph "Mashuguna Joe" Albanese were regulars at Café Racer, where the band frequently performed.
As part of the band, Keriakedes and Albanese released two albums: 2009’s “A Beautiful Trainwreck” and 2011’s “Witches Bones ‘n’ Whale Skin.”
Keriakedes and Albanese were last seen performing on stage on Saturday, May 26 during Folklife Festival at the Fun House in Lower Queen Anne.
The band’s Americana roots sound was mixed with a gypsy punk stage presence as Keriakedes often wore clown make-up and top hats in performances with Albanese often found sporting a tobacco pipe in his mouth while playing.
No official comment has come from the band as of yet.
Fans have taken to the band’s Facebook page to express condolences.
“We’ll miss your music and party attitude,” one fan said.
Another fan described Keriakedes and Albanese as “two of the most nonviolent people you’ve ever met to be taken from a senseless act of violence.”
Little is known yet of the gunman’s motive and police have reported that he shot himself as they closed in on him in West Seattle.
Updates to come as more details are uncovered.
Here is a video from 2008 of Keriakedes and Albanese playing Beefcake’s song “Isabella.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCXzVGjxqUI