Local musician hopes to hold benefit concert for cab driver

Posted: Friday, January 16, 2004

Singer-songwriter John Palmes said he finds himself crying when he tells friends about what happened to cab driver Eric Drake last week.

"This is kind of over the edge," he said of the violent attack on Drake on Jan. 7.

Palmes feels a sense of loss from such a violent attack taking place in the community. He has talked to friends about organizing a concert to raise money for Drake and his family and is looking for others who would like to be a part of it.

"Maybe music isn't the point," he said, suggesting others might want to offer poetry.

Palmes said anyone who would like to participate or offer suggestions should call him at 586-2252. He said he hopes the event will take place at Centennial Hall on Feb. 1, but the date is open for discussion. Well-wishers who would like to help Drake and his fiancé, Maria Miller, can address them at P.O. Box 32554, Juneau, AK, 99803.

Juneau Taxi and Tours is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects. Crime Line is offering a $1,000 rewardand can be reached at 586-4243 or juneaucrimeline@yahoo.com.

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