Friday, September 26, 2014

Baltimore's heart aches today

UPDATE: There has been a Go Fund Me site set up to help with the costs associated with Tom's funeral, and related expenses. Go here to Donate.
UPDATE #2: A man has been formally charged with Tom's murder, and the assault of the other Ottobar employee. Read the article here.
UPDATE #3: There has been a donation system set up through Mission Tix which you can access here. Also, there will be a Tom Malenski Family Fundraiser at the Ottobar on October 11th. Proceeds from the show will go to help out Tom's family directly. They have set up a Facebook event page here & it is listed on their homepage

Just a quick note with a heartbreaking bit of bad news. Tom Malenski, a beloved staffer of The Ottobar in Baltimore was stabbed last night after helping remove an unruly patron from the bar after the GBH show.
Tom was not working last night, but was there as a fan of GBH. He later helped break up a fight in the bar after the show. After helping another employee remove the patron from the venue, another man, presumably a friend of the man being removed, attacked Tom and the other Ottobar employee (who has not been identified). Both victims were taken to a local hospital where Tom was pronounced dead - he was 35. The other victim was treated and released.
Mike Bowen of the Ottobar said that the police have been very helpful, and that the Baltimore Homicide department has asked that anyone with information or tips call 410-396-2100.
I did not know Tom, but several friends did, and they, like the entire Ottobar family, are devastated. By all accounts he was a really great guy, and long standing member and fan of the Baltimore music scene.

Our hearts and thoughts go out to his friends, family, The Ottobar family and all those who are hurting from from this. R.I.P.

I'll update this as details come forward.


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