OAKLAND (KRON) — An indie singer-songwriter died Wednesday morning after he was robbed and dragged by a car in Oakland, according to police.
Police have identified the victim as 40-year-old David Deporis, of Oakland. Deporis was a well-known musician.
Deporis was sitting at an outside table a Telegraph Avenue cafe in Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood at around 12:35 p.m. whe someone came up and stole his laptop.
Police say Deporis chased the thief around the corner to 42nd street. The thief got into a vehicle, which began driving off down Rich Street with Deporis holding onto the car.
Responding officers found Deporis suffering from traumatic injuries, police said.
He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Deporis’ family believes his music was on the laptop.
His friends and family are now remembering Deporis for music in the wake of his tragic death.
Popular singer Regina Spektor tweeted a video of Deporis singing saying that was a “beautiful musician has passed away.”
Many other musicians and fans have taken to social media to mourn Deporis.
Friend Seth Hebert-Faergolzia wrote on Facebook: “His music was so deeply heartfelt, his voice, strong and original, his performances lovely. The world just lost another great artist.”
Another friend Adam Green said Deporis was a “powerful and imaginative folk singer and an exquisite person.”
Police have launched a homicide investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to call OPD at (510) 238-3821 or the TIP LINE at (510) 238-7950.
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— regina spektor (@respektor) August 10, 2017
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