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Tuesday, October 25, 2011


R.I.P Aaron Beamish

R.I.P Aaron Beamish
Aaron Beamish, great longboarder and drummer for Toronto area rock group Slow Motion Victory, was killed in the early hours of Oct. 21 after being struck by a garbage truck while riding his longboard. Witnesses say he was on skating against the flow o traffic, the right side of the road, and was hit and killed by an oncoming vehicle while skating during the early morning hours of October 21, 2011.

"In the absence of life there is death, and in the absence of happiness there is sadness," the band wrote on their Facebook page upon hearing the tragic news. "Today the world lost a son, a boyfriend, a best friend, a brother, a kick ass drummer, a teammate, and one of the greatest guys we ever got to meet. Words cannot express the devastation.

"We would like to send our condolences to his family and his girlfriend. And to our friend and brother Aaron, we're gonna miss you man and you'll always be our man behind the cymbals. Keep smiling that larger than life smile up there brother. Forever gone but never forgotten."


Reports indicated that Beamish was on King Street West when he turned in an intersection and was struck by an oncoming garbage truck. He then became trapped underneath it and was pulled for an unknown distance and died on the scene. Witnesses say that Beamish may have been dressed in dark clothing at the time of the accident. This, however, has not been confirmed and the accident is still under investigation. His tragic death rocked Canada's skateboarding community and raised issues of skating safety. The group later posted a photo of the makeshift memorial set up for Beamish -- who also went by the moniker "Aaron Arsenic" -- at the busy Toronto intersection where the fatal accident occurred.

Beamish's former bandmates are also asking anyone with skateboarding video footage or pictures of the late drummer to contact slowmotionvictory@hotmail.com as they're working on a tribute. Although nothing has been confirmed, there is speculation that a memorial or benefit concert could also be staged.

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posted by Xavier Lannes @ Tuesday, October 25, 2011 




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