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SONS OF AZRAEL GUITARIST TONY LORENZO ROBBED AND SHOT, PARALYZED FROM THE WAIST DOWN

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Metalgf and I are almost done watching the entire series of The Wire. As much as we’d like to believe that what goes on in the show’s version of Baltimore is fictional and embellished for drama’s sake, startling events like this one serve as reminders that where there’s fiction it’s usually based on truth: last week, Sons of Azrael guitarist Tony Lorenzo was shot and robbed in Buffalo, NY, a city as notorious for crime and poverty as Baltimore. As of now, the 25 year old guitarist is paralyzed from the waist down, with a bullet lodged in his spinal column. Doctors have to wait for the swelling to go down before they can remove the bullet.

You can watch WIVB-TV’s full report on the incident in the video below. While New York state has a crime victim relief fund that helps reimburse for medical-only expenses, a PayPal account (helpingtony@gmail.com) has also been set up to help pay for Tony and his family’s personal expenses (renovating the home to accomodate a wheelchair, transportation, clothing, personal care etc.).

Best wishes to Tony — we wish him a speedy recovery — and, of course, his family.

-VN

Man shot in robbery may never walk again: wivb.com

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