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Larry Robinson's son, Evan plays a song he wrote titled, "Through Your Eyes" for his father, family and friends during the memorial service held at the Temecula Community Rec Center Amphitheater on Friday, April 19, 2013.
Larry Robinson's son, Evan plays a song he wrote titled, "Through Your Eyes" for his father, family and friends during the memorial service held at th...
Larry Robinson's son Evan, sings a song to many of Larry's friends and family during the memorial service held at the Temecula Rec Center Amphitheater on Friday, April 19, 2013.
Larry Robinson's son Evan, sings a song to many of Larry's friends and family during the memorial service held at the Temecula Rec Center Amphitheater...
Larry Robinson's own personal guitar on stage partnered with Larry's friends and family performing songs and honoring the life of Larry Robinson.
Larry Robinson's own personal guitar on stage partnered with Larry's friends and family performing songs and honoring the life of Larry Robinson.
This CD cover of Robinsonís, done by Fallbrook artist Brett Stokes, depicts the musician driving a Cadillac.
This CD cover of Robinsonís, done by Fallbrook artist Brett Stokes, depicts the musician driving a Cadillac.
Larry Robinson
Larry Robinson
Folk singer and acoustic picker Larry Robinson performing at Front Street Bar and Grill in Temecula.
Folk singer and acoustic picker Larry Robinson performing at Front Street Bar and Grill in Temecula.
Larry Robinson
Larry Robinson
Larry Robinson, left, plays in concert with his son and daughter.
Larry Robinson, left, plays in concert with his son and daughter.
Larry Robinson
Larry Robinson
Larry Robinson's son, Evan Robinson, speaks on behalf of his family at the vigil held at Pete's Guitar and Music Shop.
Larry Robinson's son, Evan Robinson, speaks on behalf of his family at the vigil held at Pete's Guitar and Music Shop.
Ryan Krause, pastor at Lake Elsinore First Assembly of God leads a prayer to the hundreds of people attending the vigil in honor of Larry Robinson on Sunday, March 24, 2013.
Ryan Krause, pastor at Lake Elsinore First Assembly of God leads a prayer to the hundreds of people attending the vigil in honor of Larry Robinson on ...
Friends and family gathered at Pete's Music and Guitar Shop to reflect on the life of Larry Robinson on Sunday, March 24, 2013.
Friends and family gathered at Pete's Music and Guitar Shop to reflect on the life of Larry Robinson on Sunday, March 24, 2013.
Friends in honor of Larry Robinson played music during the vigil held at Pete's Guitar and Music Shop on Sunday, March 23, 2013.
Friends in honor of Larry Robinson played music during the vigil held at Pete's Guitar and Music Shop on Sunday, March 23, 2013.

Close to 200 attend memorial service for musician Larry Robinson


Saturday, March 23rd, 2013
Issue 12, Volume 17.
Village/Valley Staff


TEMECULA - Close to 200 people attended a memorial service Friday evening, April 19, at the Temecula Community Center for Fallbrook resident Larry Robinson, who was a popular musician with a large following in both communities.

During the remembrance, Robinson's son, Evan talked about how his father "is no longer here physically, but spiritually, he is still here just the same." Evan went on to play a song he wrote entitled "Through your Eyes," which he said "made him feel better about everything that happened."

"Writing the song just came naturally," Evan said, adding that he believed his father sent him a message through songwriting.

Russ Kunkel and Bryan Garofalo talked about how Robinson wrote a song that he was to record with them in April. Due to Robinson's death, Kunkel and Garofalo said they intend to produce the song themselves and present it to Robinson's wife.

Jay Johnson performed at the event and talked about he played music with Robinson.

"Larry use to say, 'If you play that harmonica harder, maybe you'll get more tips," he said. "I'll miss that sense of humor."

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Celebration of Life for Fallbrook's Larry Robinson held in Temecula

The family of Larry Robinson shared his memorial information with the Fallbrook/Bonsall Village News and Temecula Valley News. It is as follows:

Edward Lawrence "Larry" Robinson, age 64, passed away Saturday March 23, 2013, surrounded by loving family members. Larry was born in Santa Ana, California on May 31, 1948. He grew up in Long Beach and graduated from Long Beach Polytechnic High. He enjoyed living all over the state of California but he called Fallbrook, California home for the past 27 years.

Larry brought joy to people of all ages through his music, smile, stories, gentility and humor. As a child, he spent much of his time at the beach and loved the ocean. As a teen, Larry enjoyed surfing as well as playing guitar; forming his first band during junior high school. These experiences and his love of the outdoors inspired him to start writing his own music. He wrote his first song in high school and eventually wrote and recorded several albums including music with The Things To Come; Blue Heaven; and The Dorados.

In recent years he recorded two solo albums "Old California Town" and "Cadillac and Trailer." These two albums were inspired by Larryís deep love for his home state of California. The essence of California was the essence of Larry; the mountains, the beaches, nature, and love for his family were among his greatest creative inspirations.

Larry was a man of many communities, playing local venues in Fallbrook, Temecula, and San Diego. He brought fellow musicians together through the hosting of open mic nights, songwriting venues and concerts. He taught music and also worked at several music stores throughout his career, sharing his love of the musical language with hundreds. He was a singer/songwriter, well-known for his resonant baritone voice and acoustic guitar prowess, with many loving fans near and far.

Larry and his wife, Pat, enjoyed visiting family and discovering new places to explore as they traveled the coasts of California. They also treasured their home life. Larry spent many quiet moments in his yard taking in the world around him. Larry wrote,

"I love to hear the local church bells ring, and the way so many summer birds sing, as I work in the garden of my little piece of paradise."

Larry developed relationships with people that lasted a lifetime and he will be missed by many. His spirit lives through his music and will be continued through each one of us as we smile, share kindness and gentility and demonstrate love for one another. Pat is grateful for the tremendous expressions of love and support during this tragic time. She is comforted in knowing everyone is reflecting Larryís loving spirit.

Larry is survived by his wife, Pat; daughters Hilary Robinson, Melody DeHaven, and Andralee Offidani; son Evan Robinson; son-in-law Todd DeHaven; and granddaughter Delaney DeHaven. Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Mary, and his brother, John.

A Celebration of Life memorial Service will be held at 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., on Friday, April 19, 2013, at the Temecula Community Recreation Center Outdoor Amphitheater, located at 30875 Rancho Vista Road, Temecula, CA 92592. All are welcome.

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Beloved musician killed in robbery; hundreds mourn

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There is a Pay Forward fund set up for people to donate to the Robinson family: Go to http://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/q942/inmemoryoflarryrobinson?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=fb_share_send&utm_campaign=dashboard_supporters&fb_ref=832779

Debbie Ramsey

Managing Editor

Hundreds are mourning the death this week of well-known, beloved musician Larry Robinson who entertained regularly in both Fallbrook and Temecula. Robinson, 64, died Saturday, March 23 after sustaining fatal injuries during the course of a robbery the night before at Peteís Music Store where he worked part-time for seven or eight years. The store is located in the 28700 block of Old Town Front Street in Temecula. A candlelight vigil set to live music, held the evening of March 24 outside the store, drew an estimated 500 attendees including multiple generations of musicians.

Tears were flowing and tissues were passed around as local musicians played Robinsonís favorite songs and friends and family shared memories of their favorite guitar man and how his music and personality touched people of all ages.

"It is a pretty cool testament of his life, to see everyone here," said Evan Robinson, the son of the slain musician. "His physical presence isnít here but his essence is here in his music. Peace and love – that was always his message."

Many children who had taken music lessons at the store were present at the vigil. Several were too distraught to speak, but held their candles in the night, leaning on their parents for support.

"He never said anything negative about anyone, no matter how good or bad they played," said 13-year-old Eliott Humes who had visited the store the evening of March 22, shortly before the robbery

Officers from the Temecula Police Dept. (Riverside Sheriffís Dept.) responded to an emergency call shortly after 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 22 at the music store with preliminary information that medical aid was needed under suspicious circumstances. A customer had found Robinson behind an amplifier in one of the aisles of the store, it was reported.

"Officers located [Robinson] who was bound, unconscious and suffering from severe injuries that were sustained during an apparent robbery and assault," said Sgt. Tyson Voss. "The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was listed in critical condition." Robinson never regained consciousness following the attack. Investigators with the Southwest Station and Riverside County Sheriff Departmentís Central Homicide Unit are handling the investigation into the case which has been labeled a robbery/murder.

A man of two communities, Robinson has been described as "a friend to all" and his music has reverberated for many years in numerous establishments. A Fallbrook resident , he was also a well known performer at area festivals and celebrations and a favorite of locals and tourists in restaurants and at events in Temeculaís Old Town.

Robinson had a baritone that complemented his storytelling. A singer/songwriter acknowledged for his acoustic guitar prowess, Fallbrook locals particularly enjoyed his "fishiní" tales, railroad songs, songs of California life and cover songs at the old Packing House restaurant (now Mageeís Tavern) and many other places around town.

"Larry was the real deal; no ego; live true, love true, play your heart out," said longtime friend Wayne Cameron, who met and played with Robinson 25 years ago at the Packing House.

"In Fallbrook, Larry was part of the fabric of the community," said friend and fellow musician Dave Blackburn, who knew Robinson since 1991. "My wife, Robin Adler, had her first professional gig with Larry." Adler also played with Robinson at the Packing House.

"Larry was so positive to be around," said Robert Sommers, a music history buff who knew Robinson for many years. "I admired him so much. I canít understand how someone could wreak that kind of violence on someone so loving and tender." Sommers attended the vigil and stood shoulder-to-shoulder with hundreds who felt the same.

"Iíve never seen anything like it," he said. "This pulled people from everywhere and musicians of all ages. His death has severely impacted both the Fallbrook and Temecula communities."

"When there were 500 people at the candlelight vigil on Sunday night and it was pulled together in only 24 hours, that was huge," said Blackburn. "That kind of outpouring of affection indicates what a loved man he was. He was so humble, but his reach was very far. He touched so many people through his music and spirit.

Murrieta resident John Trifunou was deeply affected by Robinsonís death, although he had only known the musician for three years.

"I am still waiting for someone to pinch me and tell me this is a terrible nightmare," said Trifunou, who played his guitar and sang for the crowd at the vigil to show his respect.

Gary Holmes, who also worked at Peteís Music, said, "We lost an amazing songwriter, singer, mentor, friend, husband, and father." Holmes went on to say Robinson was not a salesman, but simply a music lover who wanted to match customers to the right guitar, "so they could express their art form in the right way."

Brett Stokes, who had known Robinson for over 25 years and done the cover art design for two CDs and one cassette of the musicianís, was devastated at the news as well.

"He was an accommodating musician with a lot of charisma," said Stokes, a Fallbrook resident. "It was very easy to listen to his music."

Stokes pointed out the reason he and others were grieving so deeply over the loss of Robinson.

"The amount that you grieve a loss is how special that person was to you," said Stokes.

Stokes said some of his fondest memories were of Robinson telling him stories and singing at his art shows.

Robinsonís widow, Pat, said he "starting playing the guitar in his early teens."

"He was in a junior high school teen band, the Fabulous Barons, in Long Beach in 1964," she said. "They played at weekend dances." The band started out playing surf music but moved toward contemporary rock and roll and rhythm and blues sounds. In 1965, the Barons did a version of the Stonesí "Surprise Surprise" and a Gib Bilbeau tune, "Long Gone Lost World of Mine," which featured Robinson playing the lead guitar for the first time.

Robinson and fellow Fabulous Barons band mates Russ Kunkel and Bryan Barofalo went on to form the group, Things To Come (TTC). TTC rose in popularity and opened for Three Dog Night, the Byrds, Cream, the Doors, and played at L.A.ís Whiskey-a-Go-Go. In 1968, David Crosby produced singles for the band which played a role in the "Summer of Love" rock scene and was on the bill at the 1968 Newport Pop Festival in Orange County, along with Steppenwolf, Jefferson Airplane, and the Grateful Dead.

After TTC broke up, Robinson became the equipment manager for Canned Heat and later formed a country rock band called Blue Heaven for a period of time.

Robinson ultimately wrote and recorded six albums, including three with The Dorados. His first solo album, "Old California Town," was released in 2007.

The shock over Robinsonís violent death has left both communities reeling with disbelief.

"There was no need to carry [a burglary] this far, itís just sickening," said Holmes. "He was really a great friend to me. He always loved a good, funny story and he adored his wife."

In Fallbrook, Sommers said, "Everywhere I go, people are just shell-shocked. I have never seen anything like it in my 34 years in this town. Maybe because it was so senseless; mostly because everybody that knew the guy loved him."

"We can only hope that the perpetrator of this crime finds swift justice," said Sommers.

"As far as this level of violence that has appeared in a bedroom community like Temecula, itís too shocking; itís hard to wrap your head around," said Blackburn.

Larry Robinson is survived by his wife, Pat; son, Evan Robinson; daughters, Hilary Robinson, Melody DeHaven, and Andralee Offidani; and granddaughter Delaney DeHaven.

A memorial service is in the planning stages and details will be released soon.

A memorial fund has been established in remembrance of the musician. It can be found at www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/y942/larryrobinsonmemorialfund.

Michelle Mears-Gerst and Julie Reeder contributed to this story.

By Michelle Mears-Gerst

Special to the Village/Valley News

Hundreds gathered outside Peteís Music & Guitar Shop on Front Street near Old Town Temecula Sunday evening to pay tribute via a candlelight vigil set to live music. The vigil was to pay respect to Edward "Larry" Robinson a loved and well-known Fallbrook musician who was murdered Friday evening during a robbery at the store where he worked.

A local pastor lead the crowd in prayer that included

Tears were flowing and tissues were passed around as local musicians played Larryís favorite songs and friends and family shared memories of their favorite guitar man. The crowd that gathered for 64-year old Robinson transcended many generations and showed how much his music and personality touched the community.

"It is a pretty cool testament of his life, to see everyone here," said Evan Robinson the son of the slain musician. "His physical presence isnít here but his essence is here in his music."

Robinson was found Friday night badly beaten, tied up and unconscious inside Peteís Music & Guitar Shop in Old Town Temecula, and he died the next day from his injuries.

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has been reported that Larry was found by a customer. He was transported to a local hospital where he was listed in critical condition. He succumbed to his injuries on Saturday.

Evan Robinson, Larry's son, spoke to the crowd reminding them that his dad's essence and spirit live on through his music. He said, "I'm overwhelmed by love and that's what my dad consisted of. These people are a testiment to his life, here celebrating, and that's what want to think of this, a celebration, ...he loved you guys its s a reciprocated love, its a great thing. His life was cut short but I tend to gravitate towards thinking about when he was here and the songs, and we can take that and play his records and share that with each other and his physical being is not here, but his essence and spirit is still alive when we play his music. Thereís been an outpouring of "What can I do to help" and thatís huge, and to answer, itís when you walk down the sidewalk and thereís a stranger, smile at them, just extend yourself to people in a compassionate way." (His entire message follows this story)

Lyrics by the band Bread say a guitar man can make you love, cry, bring you down and get you high and Robinson's music did all the above Sunday night.

"I am still waiting for someone to pinch me and tell me this is a terrible nightmare," said John Trifunou who was a customer of the store and knew Robinson for the past three years.

Trifunou who resides in Murrieta played his guitar and sang for the crowd to show his respect.

"He never said anything negative about anyone no matter how good or bad they played," said 13-year old Eliott Humes who was at the store Friday evening with his father shortly before the robbery. Humes came to the vigil with his family.

There were many children in the audience who took music lessons at the store who were too distraught to speak but held their candles in the night leaning on their parents for support.

"Larry was the real deal. No ego. Live true, love true, play your heart out," said a longtime friend Wayne Cameron who met and played with Robinson 25 years ago in Fallbrook at the Packing House.

Robinson had a growling baritone that complimented his story telling. He was a singer/songwriter well known for his acoustic guitar picking. Fallbrook locals enjoyed his fishin' tales, railroad songs, songs of California life and cover songs at the old Packing House (now MaGee's Tavern) and many more places around town. He would play during festivals and celebrations. He was so enjoyed by locals and tourists in restaurants and events in Temecula's Old Town.

Robinson was once a member of Things to Come, which had played with the Byrds and other acts in 1967. The band was a minor player in the "Summer Of Love" rock scene, and was on the bill at the 1968 Newport Pop Festival in Orange County, along with Steppenwolf, Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead. The singer and songwriter had written and recorded six albums, including three with The Dorados. His first solo album, "Old California Town," was released in 2007.

"We lost an amazing songwriter, singer, mentor, friend, husband, and father," said fellow employee Gary Holmes. "There is evil in the world. We see it every day."

Evan Robinson's entire message to the crowd - He said, "I'm overwhelmed by love and that's what my dad consisted of. People are a testament to his life, here celebrating, and that's what I want to look at this as, a celebration, ...he loved you guys--its a reciprocated love, its a great thing. His life was cut short but I tend to gravitate towards remembering when he was here and the beautiful thing about the music and his songs is that we can take that and play his records and share them with each other and his physical being is not here, but his essence and spirit is very much alive and there are lessons in those songs Iíve been hearing for 30 years. They mean something every time you listen to them, so I am thankful that I have a little hint of that, that he passed on to me (and skinny legs.)

On behalf of friends and family, and weíre all family here, he was a compassionate man and its little things. Thereís been an outpouring of "What can I do to help" and thatís huge, and to answer, itís when you walk down the sidewalk and thereís a stranger, smile at them, just extend yourself to people in a compassionate way. Thatís what he did. He was as humanly unconditional I think as you can be, whether it was taking time with some kid to teach them where to put their fingers to make an e-chord, and thatís so cool and such a big deal that we were all fortunate to have been blessed with in our relationship with him, whether itís a son, a wife, a friend. I look at you guys as family and the support here is tremendous and its really making an unfortunate situation bearable and so, Itís not necessarily donations, itís play the records man, get the songs heard, get the message that he documented out. Itís something that will last. Anyway, from the bottom of my heart, peace and love, that was the message of Larry Robinson as well. Thank you for being here."


Large crowd shares music, stories and warm memories of musician Larry Robinson, who perished after attack during robbery

Hundreds of people crowded the parking lot in front of Pete's Music tonight to share music, stories and warm memories for musician Larry Robinson, who passed away yesterday morning from injuries inflicted during a robbery. Story and photos to follow.


Large crowd expected at vigil in Temecula for slain Fallbrook musician Larry Robinson

Julie Reeder

Staff

FALLBROOK/TEMECULA - Scores of people are expected to pack a candlelight vigil tonight for Larry Robinson, a Fallbrook musician who was slain during a robbery at the Temecula guitar shop where he worked, friends and colleagues said.

Robinson, 64, was found Friday night, March 22, badly beaten, tied up and unconscious inside Pete's Music & Guitar Shop in Old Town Temecula, and he died the next day from his injuries. Riverside County Sheriff's detectives were investigating it as a murder-robbery and have made no arrests at this time.

Robinson's coworker praised him as a great guitarist and a good listener.

"Larry, as a guitar player, laid down a groove that you could land a 747 on," said Paul Beach in an interview with City News Service. "He was that way as a human being."

A native of Long Beach, Robinson was an affable person who could easily "make friends with anybody," said Gary Holmes, another friend.

As a friend of 30 years, Beach said he was distraught. "I can't tell you how much I miss him.'

Beach told CNS that he and Robinson had performed Wednesday night at Valley Fort Steakhouse near their homes in Fallbrook. Beach lived about a half-mile away from Robinson, and their wives were close, he said.

Robinson had been performing for decades, and was a member of Things to Come, which had played with the Byrds and other acts in 1967. The band was a minor player in the "Summer Of Love" rock scene, and was on the bill at the

1968 Newport Pop Festival in Orange County, along with Steppenwolf, Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead.

The singer and songwriter had written and recorded six albums, including three with The Dorados. His first solo album, "Old California Town," was released in 2007.

The vigil is set for 8 p.m. at Pete's Music & Guitar Shop, where Robinson worked as a part-time employee for seven or eight years, store owner Pete Surowski said. The store is at 28780 Old Town Front St. in Temecula.

Surowski said he was unable to reach Robinson by phone at closing time.

A customer found Robinson behind an amplifier in one of the aisles, Surowski said.

Robinson was a not a salesman but simply a music lover who wanted to match customers to the right guitar "so you can express your art form in the right way," Holmes said.

Robinson wasn't much of a chatterbox, but he was definitely a good listener, his co-worker said.

"He was really a great friend to me. He always loved a good funny story and he adored his wife," Holmes said of Robinson. "There was no need to carry things this far. It's just sickening."


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UPDATE: A vigil is planned for 8 pm tomorrow, Sunday, March 24, at Pete's Music in the 28000 block of Old Town Front Street, Temecula, CA.

FALLBROOK - TEMECULA - Friends and family are mourning the loss of one of Fallbrookís most beloved and long-time popular performers, Larry Robinson. Robinson was the victim of an assault and robbery at Peteís Music on Old Town Front Street in Temecula, last night, Friday, March 22, 2013. Robinson worked at Pete's music.

According to a press release from the Riverside County Sheriffís Department, officers responded to the music store regarding a medical aide with suspicious circumstances. It has been reported that Larry was found by a customer. Upon arrival, officers located Robinson, who was bound, unconscious and suffering from severe injuries that were sustained during an apparent robbery and assault. He was transported to a local hospital where he was listed in critical condition. Investigators from the Southwest Station and Riverside County Sheriff Departmentís Central Homicide Unit responded and assumed the investigation throughout the night and into the next morning. The suspect is at large. A Gibson guitar in a case, and other items, had been taken from the business, according to KABC7.

This morning, Saturday, Edward Lawrence "Larry" Robinson, age 64, succumbed to his injuries.

Fallbrook resident Robert Sommers said of Larry in his blog, "If he was murdered it had to be somebody who had never met the man. The guy I knew never had an enemy. Had to be some random predator who couldn't see beyond his own selfish tunnel; who dropped into a foreign and gentle universe and turned the lights off in a most gruesome way without realizing the precious nature of the beautiful man and unwitting victim."

Robinson's growling baritone complimented his masterful story telling. He was a singer/songwriter who was well known for his acoustic guitar picking. Fallbrook locals would enjoy his fishin' tales, railroad songs, songs of California life and cover songs at the old Packing House (now MaGee's Tavern), the Valley Fort, the Fallbrook Library during the Americana Music Series, Cafe des Artists, and many more places around town. He would play during festivals and celebrations. He was also enjoyed by locals and tourists in restaurants and events in Temecula's Old Town.

California, Robinsonís home state, was the subject that inspires much of his music. In an interview for Village and Valley News in 2008, Larry said, while talking about his latest album at the time, "Old California Town," "You know the name the Golden State? I love it. I think itís the light. Itís also the ocean, the mountains, the desert, the farmlands. We have everything. Small towns, big cities – thereís always something else to see in Southern California," he said. Larry recorded songs for seven CDs, including three with The Dorados.

Robinsonís roots run deep in the region. He was born in Long Beach in 1948 and continued to live in Fallbrook, California, until he was brutally taken.

In the í60s, Robinson visited numerous countries on several continents when he was working as a roadie for the rock band Canned Heat.

He also spent a lot of time in other states when he was working as a truck driver in his early adulthood.

"Every time I got back to California I remembered how much I love it," he said.

This is an active ongoing investigation. Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Investigator Baeza at the Central Homicide Unit at 951-955-2777 or Investigator Williams at the Southwest Sheriff's Station at 951-696-3000.

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Evans Robinson Sings a song from his band War Stories "What Does God See" with his dad, Larry Robinson.

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TEMECULA - A man who was working at Pete's Music and Guitar Shop in Temecula was severely beaten during a robbery and died early today, sheriff's deputies said.

The victim's name was not immediately released.

The owner of the shop called deputies after being unable to contact the worker by phone, said Riverside County sheriff's Deputy Myling Bordeau. Sheriff's deputies were dispatched at 7:30 p.m. Friday to the 28000 block of Old Town Front Street.

Deputies found the man inside with unspecified traumatic injuries. and he was taken to an area hospital. He died today from his injuries, Bordeau said.


 

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Comment #1 | Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 6:50 pm
I wish to extend my heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends of this kind and gentle man who brought so much joy into so many lives for so many years. I can remember many, many enjoyable evenings at the Packing House in Fallbrook, kicking back, hoisting a few and listening to the music of Larry and his band. It is inconceivable to even begin to understand the mindset of the person who did this terrible thing. More and more today we hear stories of ever increasing violence and atrocities that would never have occurred 20 or even 10 years ago. Our world is changing daily, and not for the better. No one is teaching our young people right from wrong anymore. They are being taught that there are no consequences. I have to believe, with all my heart, that there is indeed a better place, and I know that Larry is there now, playing his guitar and singing with the angels. RIP Larry. You will never be forgotten.
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Comment #2 | Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 8:40 pm
I remember first meeting Larry at Rancho Music when I was just beginning to learn to play guitar over 20 years ago. He was always the kindest of souls, and he could play with the best of them. It is a great loss to our community that he has been taken from us. It is a great loss when anyone is taken from us. He will be dearly missed.
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Comment #3 | Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 8:56 pm
sad!!
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Comment #4 | Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 8:58 pm
We love you Larry and will be praying for your safe journey home. Our prayers are with you too, Pat. Larry is one our favorite souls ever. There really are no words. Such a lovely human. Puttin' a penny on a railroad track in your honor. Max and Nancy
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Comment #5 | Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 9:00 pm
I heard from a friend that my ex co-worker was taken. A man I love, dearly. I enjoyed every moment I shared with him: his stories, his playing. He even taught me some of his tricks. To his family.... Pat and his children... I am so sorry this happened. I meant to see him and get a copy of Cadillacs. I love you, Larry. Even as I've missed you and neglected our next meeting, I will always miss you. The kindest soul I've been blessed ti know. I only wish I had driven to see you. But, today the birds and frogs seemed to sing a little sweeter and just a little louder. I'll always hear you when they sing to me. Fare thee well, dear Larry.
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Comment #6 | Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 9:56 pm
I am just sick about this and my heart is breaking for Pat and their families. I hope and pray police catch who did this.
Larry was one of the kindest men around. He was a gentle soul who loved music and people. I'll never forget the day he presented me with a recording of railroad songs he did because he knew, at the time, my son loved trains.
What a senseless cruel act this robber/murderer did.
Godspeed Larry!!! Our Lord needs you up there rocking with Keith Green, and all the others. We will miss you.
Pat, hugs and lots of prayers to you and your families.
-- Karen (formerly Colterman) Ossenfort
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Comment #7 | Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 10:29 pm
I hope they catch the SOB and give him a swift and quick end to his demonic life.
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Comment #8 | Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 10:32 pm
Unbelieveable, totally unbelieveable, and such a kind and giving soul and great loss to our community. My thoughts and prayers to Pat..
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Comment #9 | Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 11:02 pm
We've been devastated by the news of Larry. Pat, our hearts go out to you and the kids. The last time I talked to Larry I really enjoyed hearing him talk about his kids and how proud he was of them. It's hard to believe this is even possible.
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Comment #10 | Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 11:14 pm
This is heartbreaking! We just met this man a couple of weeks ago. Although I didn't know him well, I do know he was a sweet, giving man who loved music. Somebody had to have seen something! Was there any surveillance near the store? My prayers go out to his friends and family, I am so very sorry.
Comment Profile ImageBuddy
Comment #11 | Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 11:36 pm
I'm so sad, Larry was a great person, he preformed at my wife dads 80th birthday party a few weeks ago. I have know him for years. first met him at sunset music in Temecula. Only new him from his music, work my guitars for years. My heart is out to his family. Larry was a great person.
Comment Profile ImageTony R
Comment #12 | Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 11:45 pm
My girlfriend and I were watching the news and were deeply saddened when we saw what had happened to Larry. We were first introduced to Larry's talent at Sorrel Restaurant where we listened to him play and sing and actually had some conversation with him. He will be greatly missed. Our hearts go out to his wife and children.
Comment Profile Imageteri
Comment #13 | Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 12:10 am
to larrys family and everyone that knew and loved him I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one my heartgoes out to you all larry you are in my prayers and may you rest in peace with our lord and may you sing with the angels
Comment Profile ImageJ B
Comment #14 | Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 4:56 am
The world is truly a lesser place now that this incredible musician, father, husband and friend of mine is gone. I just cant believe that this has happend. I just spoke to my friend on Friday. Im so sorry.... just the thought of this gentle, very special individual being subject to such brutality is sickening to me and makes me cry like a child. When the individual is caught that did this there should be no time wasted. Im not a vengeful person but the same level of actions would not be justice enough for what this person has done. Im so sorry buddy that I wasnt there to help you.
Comment Profile ImageJohn
Comment #15 | Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 5:29 am
I am so devastated, it makes you realize how messed up our world has become, and how many sickos are out there. I am sure Larry would have just given the horrible people who did this the guitar...who knows what is in the minds of the people without a soul do this ...I hope they find DNA, or a drunk person talks ...it is due for one of those TV shows to catch and give them what they did back. Larry was and still is the best!...no one can take that soul away!!! RIP Larry, I know you are with God and watching us miss you!!!
Comment Profile ImageFamily friend
Comment #16 | Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 7:13 am
My heart and prayers go out to the Robinson family. Larry will be missed by so many but be comforted that Larry is celebrating in heaven right now and that you will see him again one day.
Comment Profile ImageJulian News
Comment #17 | Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 7:38 am
All of us who encountered Larry are devastated by the loss of a friend, he wrote a number of songs connected to the area and was always a welcome guest when he came to play, or fish! The man was a master of weaving a story into a song.
Comment Profile ImageLinda
Comment #18 | Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 7:43 am
I just went to hear Larry at his first Open Mic Nite at Valley Fort. I've been following Larry since the old "Packing House Restaurant." What a shock and what a loss - such a great lovable guy. We love you Larry!
Comment Profile ImageResident
Comment #19 | Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 7:58 am
Shocking. Deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. I am shaken by this news.
Comment Profile ImageMark C
Comment #20 | Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 8:22 am
I was proud to call this man my friend. Listen to "Old California Town." Remember him.
Comment Profile ImageDominique Rauton
Comment #21 | Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 8:25 am
Larry was one of the kindest,sweetest people I had the privilege of knowing.He always had a smile and you truly felt better whenever you encountered him.Through the years,my son grew up loving music and Larry was a part of that!Our entire family grieves the loss of this beautiful soul,taken much too soon and so violently!What a gift to have known this man!!My heart goes out to his family!!
Comment Profile ImageTracy Sandoval
Comment #22 | Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 8:29 am
My heart breaks at this senseless loss. He will be truly missed by
So many. Patti I send you lots of love and healing thoughts. I do not
have words to express my feelings of loss for us all.
Comment Profile ImageGary
Comment #23 | Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 8:40 am
This is just unimaginable how such a tender soul of a man could be taken like this. Then again remember what the people did to Christ. Whether you believe He was the son of God or not, he was trying to bring more love into the world and was crucified for it. Larry gave the world every ounce of love he could and today, we are a much worse world for this loss of ours. If there is a heaven (I believe there is) then they have one heck of a band. Larry is playing again with Steve King... What a peaceful thought.
Comment Profile Imagenancysongwriter
Comment #24 | Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 8:49 am
Could not sleep last night..prayed for Larry and family. Pray the police are soon successful for his family's sake, and ours.
Comment Profile ImageLarry Dan robinson
Comment #25 | Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 9:23 am
I met Larry because we have something in common. I handed him my credit card one day, to purchase some items. He looked at me strangely, and asked for my drivers license. From that day on we were on first name basis and I loved the man. What did we have in common, My name is also, Larry Robinson.
Comment Profile ImageMe
Comment #26 | Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 9:46 am
I'm relatively new to North County and never had the pleasure to hear Larry play but the sheer number of tributes I've been reading, both here and on Facebook, have convinced me that he was a very special man.

My condolences to his family and the greater Fallbrook area.
Comment Profile ImageTemec guitar
Comment #27 | Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 10:14 am
Larry taught me to play guitar, he will be greatly missed.
Comment Profile ImageMiraCosta Prof
Comment #28 | Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 10:26 am
Larry joined the MiraCosta College Guitorchestra for a concert last year. Everybody loved him, what a great guy and living history embodiment.

So sorry to see this. May the person(s) responsible be brought to justice swiftly.
Comment Profile ImageTerrible News
Comment #29 | Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 11:05 am
My heartfelt sympathies to the Robinson family. I heard the news this morning. This is unbelievable. I hope they catch his killer quickly. Larry would have given the shirt off his back for anybody. Such a devastating loss to Riverside and San Diego County. Only the good die young. I am so sorry for your loss of this angel. Everybody loved him. Young and old alike...
Comment Profile ImageKeith Turner & Family
Comment #30 | Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 11:48 am
Evan Robinson & Family -
Sorrow fills the hearts of many, for your loss echos all the way here to the East Coast, Yes! the East Coast!
Our thoughts, prayers & love will be with your family for days to come.
Comment Profile ImageJoel
Comment #31 | Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 12:39 pm
I will have an eye out for that Gibson being sold on Craigslist eBay or any where else you dirtbag!! You will be caught and God will have the last bit of vengeance on your soul!
Comment Profile ImageSamantha
Comment #32 | Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 12:55 pm
Loss of the deepest kind. We are so saddened by this senseless loss.
Comment Profile ImageFrani
Comment #33 | Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 1:43 pm
Such a very sad day! Larry was a man loved by all who were lucky enough to know him. My thoughts are with his wonderful family today....
Comment Profile ImageFriend of the Family
Comment #34 | Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 2:25 pm
A Larry Robinson Memorial Fund has been established and can be found on www.giveforward.com or directly via this link

http://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/y942/larryrobinsonmemorialfund

Bless you all for the love messages sent his family's way here. I will be putting together a family memorial book with comments like these and pictures in the future.
Comment Profile ImageRay1950
Comment #35 | Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 2:29 pm
A great talent and a gentle man gone far too soon.
Comment Profile ImageJim and Jean Dooley
Comment #36 | Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 4:38 pm
We will miss this talented musician, who was a friend to all. Deepest sympathy, Pat.
Comment Profile ImageDonna
Comment #37 | Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 7:02 pm
I am so sad. I remember watching Larry play on open mike night at the Packing House. Good times. Such a gentle wonderful spirit has been taken way to soon. So so sad.
Comment Profile ImagePete
Comment #38 | Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 7:21 pm
I had sent a CD, signed by Larry, to my sister in England and she said to me via Skype on Saturday, to tell Larry how impressed she was at the professional quality of his music. Unfortunately, I've missed that opportunity--what a tragedy!
Comment Profile ImageJack Morehouse
Comment #39 | Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 8:56 pm
Larry, You will be missed my friend. I cannot imagine why anyone would do such a horrible thing. You were the kindest and most helpful person to all that crossed your path. I have considered you a friend since we first met some 20 years ago. You touched so many lives and always had a heart for all that you met. All my prayers for your family.
Comment Profile ImageErika
Comment #40 | Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 9:55 pm
My heart breaks for Pat and Andra Lee.
Comment Profile ImageBig Harmonica Bob
Comment #41 | Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 10:55 pm
Thanks for all the great times at the Packing House. Larry was a kind man.It was a senseless loss.Those bastards need to be brought to justice.To his wife and family both my wife and I send our heart felt condolences. Revelation 21:3,4
Comment Profile ImageCindy Greer
Comment #42 | Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 11:38 pm
Pat: I am so deeply saddened and shocked to hear about Larry's death. I'm speechless. You are in my thoughts.
Comment Profile ImageGary G.
Comment #43 | Monday, Mar 25, 2013 at 12:57 am
R.I.P. Larry your music and unique style touched everyone who saw you play live...you will be missed my musical brother!
Comment Profile ImageRoberto Morelia
Comment #44 | Monday, Mar 25, 2013 at 7:08 am
Rest In Peace Mr. Larry
Comment Profile ImageLee
Comment #45 | Monday, Mar 25, 2013 at 7:21 am
Art is the expression of one human being to another, "I love you."

We have just lost a great spirit.
Comment Profile ImageRay
Comment #46 | Monday, Mar 25, 2013 at 9:49 am
A few months ago my date and I happened in to a local restaurant bar. It was a Friday night and crowded. There was a gent strumming an old well worn guitar who could barely be heard above the talking and laughing by the patrons who were there for drink and food. We were sitting at the bar waiting for a table when above the din of indfference to the performer my heart was touched by an absolutely beatutiful song. When the break came I went over to him and told him and thanked him for such a beautiful song. He was warm and gracious and every bit the author of the gem I had been treated to.

That artist was Larry Robinson and that song was Baja Moon. Mr. Robinson, last night I saw the beauty, love, art and decency you brought into the lives of so many. Thank you for sharing just a bit of that with me under a Baja Moon.

Until then,

Ray
Comment Profile ImageHis lite will never go out
Comment #47 | Monday, Mar 25, 2013 at 9:56 am
I'm so sad to see such a wonderful man leave us. I listened to him at the Packing House years ago. A Great music man who loved people and was so very very kind. Nancy M.
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Comment Profile ImageA bright lite
Comment #48 | Monday, Mar 25, 2013 at 10:01 am
Larry was a bright lite in so many lives. A nice man who made beautiful music. He will be missed by so many. His lite bright lite will stay with us. Deepest sympathy to his family and to all who loved him. Nancy M./Temecula
Comment Profile ImageLorraine Lemon
Comment #49 | Monday, Mar 25, 2013 at 10:05 am
I sure wished I had followed Larry's life after the 60s!! He was a good friend during high school and I used to listen to his band... Things to Come (Larry, Russ, Brian, Steve...did I miss someone?) practices usually at that silver "hanger" like building in Long Beach (or was it Seal Beach?) boy, the memory goes fast! But Larry was a genuinely REAL person and friend. I enjoyed dancing with him at the Hutch & various parties too. It was so sad when his brother John died so tragically ...so young. God has joined them again in Heaven. Make beautiful music for the Angels, Larry.
Comment Profile ImageThe Witts
Comment #50 | Monday, Mar 25, 2013 at 10:32 am
For years we have enjoyed the music he played especially at the Packing House. Fallbrook has lost a great musician and icon of Fallbrook. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. This is a great loss for all of us in Fallbrook who always appreciated seeing him play.
Comment Profile Imageinta
Comment #51 | Monday, Mar 25, 2013 at 11:51 am
I remember seeing him when I would take my son to guitar lessons. Always nice, always funny, always helpful. He would always help my son put new strings on his vintage telecaster. One day, when we went in, he was singing "put the lime in the coconut and call me in the morning..." What an entertaining man. Deepest sympathy to his family.
Comment Profile ImageKeith Brawley
Comment #52 | Monday, Mar 25, 2013 at 12:32 pm
Larry was a former employee (at Brawley Guitars in Temecula) and helped me start up my little company. We had a great time despite the usual start-up pains and he was one of the reasons. No problem was too big or small and he approached everything calmly and with a positive attitude. He was the most solid, honest, caring and dedicated person I knew. Unfortunately, our biggest customer went bankrupt about two years after we started and, although we had been successful up to that point, I had to close the business.

Larry was a good friend before, during and after Brawley Guitars and he helped me as much as he could. I'll always remember him fondly. He was a great guy, his heart was filled with music and he was a devoted family man. I pray for peace for his family and friends and hope the perpetrator is removed from society as quickly as possible.
Comment Profile ImageC.Ameer
Comment #53 | Monday, Mar 25, 2013 at 2:06 pm
I met Larry in the early 90's when he worked for Rancho Music and I was repairing instruments for another music store. Rancho Music would contract my services from time to time, and Larry would drop off the instruments to be repaired at my house, as he lived very near me on an adjacent parallel street. Once, when the owners of Rancho Music took a vacation, they asked me to come work part time at the store so that Larry wouldn't have to be alone all day. Oh how I did enjoy the time I spent with him! He was funnyand told me great stories. He was so good with all of the customers. My husband, my roommate, and I would go to wherever Larry was performing when we could all take the time off together. I hadn't spoken to Larry in a number of years, but I spoke to him just a few months ago when I called Pete's Music for some information. Larry and I did a little catching up, and I told him I would come see him soon at the store. I never got there. This is a good time for all of us to remember not to put off until tomorrow what can be done today. We truly don't have forever - tomorrows quickly disappear. My best to Larry's loving family.
Comment Profile ImageAaron Ginoza
Comment #54 | Monday, Mar 25, 2013 at 2:41 pm
Larry was my very first guitar teacher nearly 20 years ago. Have nothing but good things to say about the man. He was always positive and encouraging. My heart goes out to his family and friends. RIP, Larry Robinson.
Comment Profile ImageDeborah Tarkington
Comment #55 | Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013 at 7:17 am
Larry graced my path only a few times when he would restring my guitar. I could sense his humble gentleness within seconds of meeting him. I could say that I regret not taking the time to know him better but it wouldn't be true... within those short interactions he touched me as if I've known him all my life, and his leaving in this way hurts just as much. I'm so sad this happened to you Larry but I'm so grateful for knowing you.
Comment Profile ImageJulie Donlon
Comment #56 | Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013 at 8:40 am
Evan, I'm sending you love and hugs and lots of support. Your dad was such a bright light in the world. I am grateful to have known him. You and your family are in my constant prayers. I hope you can feel everyone's loving embrace.
Comment Profile ImageCo DeCoudres
Comment #57 | Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013 at 10:51 am
Larry was a true gentle man whose positive vibes were always welcoming and caring.

We were in the same PE class at Hughes Jr. High back in 1962...Larry was a fine athlete who caught a lot of passes. As a high school student, he concentrated on aquatics and music. His band played for our class get-togethers and fundraisers at Poly High.

I saw Larry at the Fishing Show down at the L.B. Convention Center a few years ago. He was playing with the Dorados and sharing his love of music with the fishing crowd. It was fun talking to him about his music and fishing and the integration of the two in his CDs. He always displayed a good sense of humor which often showed up in his lyrics.

Larry was a quiet force for good. Love you man.
Comment Profile ImageRIP???
Comment #58 | Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013 at 1:06 pm
Why do people say RIP? You think Larry's soul is resting? He's more alive than ever, rejoicing and playing music with our Lord and savior. Death for believers is nothing to be afraid of; it is a time for celebration!
Comment Profile ImageBook of Revelations
Comment #59 | Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013 at 1:51 pm
Rest in Peace is a term for the eternal repose of the soul. I believe that Larry's soul is resting in the presence of our Lord who gives us eternal peace, he is happy, joyous and singing. He was a kind and gentle man.
Comment Profile ImageLarry Stuppy
Comment #60 | Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013 at 1:55 pm
You know a man led a good life when this many of these people take the time to honor your memory.

I will remember many good times with Larry, a lot of playing and singing and laughing and scheming.

God bless Pat and Evan and the rest of the family.
Comment Profile Imagenancysongwriter
Comment #61 | Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013 at 2:05 pm
I appreciate all FVN updates, but I find myself daily, many times daily, checking for more frequent updates....any more news....how about pics, info of guitar taken, so we can be aware..or info on any service for our brother Larry... our hearts are broken...please keep this story front and center...any more news at all??? Thanks

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VILLAGE NEWS REPLIES - Thank you for reading the website for updates. We will have a fresh story about Larry and his incredible life for this Thursday's (hard copy) issue of the newspaper.
The Sheriff's Dept. will not release any more information at this time. Probably keeping certain facts under wraps for now.
Memorial service is still pending. The family is still making their plans and we will post the information as soon as it is available.
D. Ramsey
Comment Profile ImageWith prayer for the family
Comment #62 | Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013 at 3:54 pm
I owned a store in town that Larry would frequent often, and he was never without a smile. A kind, and gentle man. He will be missed.
Comment Profile ImageBob H
Comment #63 | Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013 at 5:35 pm
I heard you play at the Valley Fort on Wednesday, March 20th for the first time. I spoke with you briefly. You are an excellent entertainer and a gentle man. I was and still am shocked at what happened to you. I am listening now to you perform Ghost Riders in the Sky. Though a brief encounter, I will always remember you Larry. Your music will live on.
Comment Profile ImageKen Scurlock
Comment #64 | Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013 at 6:28 pm
Larry and I were friends in high school.
I cannot remember ever hearing a unkind word coming from him.
During those years when we wanted to be rowdy and cool, he was always a kind and thoughtful person. Larry never needed to act cool, he was cool.
Unfortunately, we lost contact after high school; going our separate ways.
I wished I had stayed in contact with him.
I cannot express my sorrow in hearing such terrible news.
My heartfelt condolences goes out to Robinson family.
I pray that our Heavenly Father will be your comfort during this
time of deep sorrow.
Comment Profile ImageC.Ameer
Comment #65 | Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 11:59 pm
Wouldn't it be fun if someone (with the right skills) put together a DVD of Larry's gigs? I bet all of Larry's friends would buy a couple - and proceeds could go to his family.
Comment Profile ImageSuzy Wolfe-Garver
Comment #66 | Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 8:59 am
As so many, I first met Larry at Hughes Jr. High School. When we attended Poly High School , we went on a few dates together. He broke up with me for another Girl. I didn't mind. What put a smile on Larry's face, put a smile on mine too. I recall listening to his music at the Hutch in Long Beach. His band made a 45 record, and had business cards. I was so proud of him.
The last time I saw Larry was in 1974. I was strolling with my 2 small children, and we bumped into Larry at a nearby park. His hair was a bit longer, but he was the same kind and gentle person I knew.
Clearly, everyone who knew Larry recalls him exactly as I do....kind, gentle, generous, and very funny.
You'll forever have a special place in my heart, dear Friend.
Comment Profile ImageJANET
Comment #67 | Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 3:19 pm
LARRY WAS A FRIEND BUT MOST OF ALL A KIND SWEET LOVING MAN HE LOVED HIS GOD HIS FAMILY AND HIS MUSIC. I HAVE HIS MUSIC AND I WILL PLAY IT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE AND WHEN SOMEONE ASKS ME "WHO IS THAT" I WILL SAY MY FRIEND!!!!
Comment Profile ImageScottie H.
Comment #68 | Friday, Mar 29, 2013 at 11:44 pm
When my family reopened the Fallbrook Packing House in 1995 we were blessed to have Larry and his band most weekends. Before too long, the word was out
that the place was back in business and Larry's boys were doing their thing. He was a special person and the news of his passing is a great shock to everyone
who knew him in business as well as friendship. Our sympathies are with his family in this their time of great sorrow. God be with you old friend.
Comment Profile ImageRoute 66
Comment #69 | Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 at 2:34 am
I did not know him as many of you do. But, I envy the love and admiration you all express in your recollection of memories and times you interacted with him. I envy what seems a pure, simple, gentle, humble, and content life he lived and the people he touched, along the way. Although there is much tragedy in the circumstances of his death, there too is a recognition of joy in the hearts of those whom he leaves behind, that they were fortunate to have been somewhere in the path of the journey of this different, special, recognizably good, human being-that sprinkled their lives with an essence- of how we all wished we strived to live our lives, and hope to be remembered, upon our passing. From your remembrances..I am moved to recall, "The Desiderata of Happiness." A reading I refer to when I seek humility and a re-balance in my life; the quiet peace, that his was. His God had open, loving arms upon his spirit's arrival, to a better place.

FUHS Class of '76
Comment Profile ImageRobin B.
Comment #70 | Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 at 9:19 am
Impossibly heartbroken. No words.
I was fortunate enough to write and sing with Larry back in the day. We had so much fun Friday nights at his place, family and friends gathering for dinner and music. It was always the music that was his passion, and he inspired me every week to write, play, and sing. He had a gift.

One great memory of him stands out. My daughter was in junior high and one of the students was dying of cancer. There was a fund raiser for her medical expenses at Potter Jr. High and Kayla "volunteered" me to sing a song in it with her. Without hesitation, Larry stepped in with the band and accompanied us as we stumbled through "You've Got a Friend". That's the kind of friend he was. The best.

Thank God for the blessed hope we have. No more sorrow, no more pain.

Rock on my friend. Much love to Pat and the kids.

Robin
Comment Profile ImageGary Hastings
Comment #71 | Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 at 1:51 pm
Ken Scurlock's comment - "Larry never needed to act cool, he was cool" - was a perfect description of Larry back in Poly High School days. I spent a lot of time in the Robinson home through junior high and high school. Larry's younger brother John was my best friend and we both looked up to Larry as a cool brother and friend. He had a great sense of humor, and their home was a fun place to be. His mom, Mary, and dad, "Big Ed", as we affectionately called him, were always welcoming and their house was a second home to many of Larry and John's friends. I miss them all, and still can't quite believe that he's gone. I always thought one day I would make the trip to Temecula so hear him play, as I have so many times in the past through many bands and different venues. I am glad to hear that he lived a happy, full and successful life and had a warm, loving family like the one he was raised in.
Comment Profile ImageCHUCK
Comment #72 | Sunday, Mar 31, 2013 at 3:06 pm
DID NOT KNOW LARRY,BUT FROM WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS SAID OF HIM HE WOULD HAVE NO ENEMIES..THE ABOVE COMMENTS ATTEST TO THAT. THERE WAS NO NEED TO KILL HIM..ALL OF US PEOPLE IN STORES ARE INSTRUCTED TO GIVE THE HOLD UP PERSONS ,WHAT THEY WANT WITH NO RESISTANCE.
THESE ARE COLD BLOODED KILLERS AND WILL BE CAUGHT.WE ALL NEED TO HELP IN THEIR CAPTURE..MY PLACE OF BUSINESS IS OFFERING A 1,000 SHOPPING SPREE FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO THE ARREST AND CONVICTION OF THESE KILLERS.

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Comment Profile ImageGeorge
Comment #73 | Sunday, Mar 31, 2013 at 5:42 pm
I am envious of the many who knew this man intimately. I met him maybe once or twice but didn't have the privilege of really knowing Mr Robinson. I don't even count myself worthy of referring to this man by his first name. I live minutes of walking distance away and I often wish I would have been passing by to help prevent this tragedy. I almost feel guilty. I only wish, hope, and pray that the murderers be found soon and face justice whether it be through the legal system or by the law of the street. Aren't there any leads, witnesses or evidence?
Comment Profile ImageLisa Comerford
Comment #74 | Saturday, Apr 6, 2013 at 12:24 am
Pat, I am so sorry. My heart is broken for you and your family.
Comment Profile Imagenancysongwriter
Comment #75 | Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 at 9:21 pm
Our love and concern has not diminished...strong love and strength to Larry and family. M & N
Comment Profile ImageCrystal Pollard
Comment #76 | Sunday, Apr 14, 2013 at 3:47 pm
Dear Pat, Evan & Family,

My husband, Richard, and I miss Larry on a daily basis, and we've always played his music, ever since we first heard him sing & play. Pat, you and Larry came to our wedding on April 18, 2009, where Larry took our his guitar, and sang "Put a Penny on the Railroad Track (Boy Don't Let That Train Roll Over You!). We were in heaven at his performance of our favorite Larry Robinson song, and I could feel the love between the two of you! Pat, I've learned to sing & play one song, "Let Me Down Easy", and I plan to learn to play & sing more of his songs. I ask all who see this message to sing out his music at every opportunity, and play his songs on your musical instruments, to keep his spirit and music truly and eternally alive. Tune in to You Tube and enter "Larry Robinson's music" to view some of Larry's videos. God bless you, Pat and Family.
Comment Profile ImageLinda McDonald
Comment #77 | Friday, Apr 19, 2013 at 6:12 pm
My husband, Tim Cash, a fellow musician and friend of Larry's are doing what WE can to help. We have gone to the Temecula City Council (on April 9th) and requested they offer a reward for the capture of the coward who so callously took Larry from those who love him. I merely got "your three minutes is up" from Mike Naggar that night. I spoke, again, to the a member of the city hall staff this past week, Betsy, in the City managers office, and requested they put MY request ON THE AGENDA for the upcoming council meeting, not $10,000 as we had originally asked for, but instead $25,000. I have just heard that now Mike Naggar says HE's "seeking" the $25,000 reward, yeah, so I believe its now officially ON THE AGENDA for the next council meeting, this coming Tuesday night, April 23rd. Please join us in making sure that this gets approved by the city council! Show up around 6:30, sign a speaker slip, if you wish to speak, or just stand up for Larry when I ask you all to, that will at least let the council know we are adamant about capturing this killer for Larry and to prevent him from harming anybody else. Thank you.
Comment Profile ImageJudy S.
Comment #78 | Thursday, Apr 25, 2013 at 2:36 pm
I did not know Larry, but knew his children. Mel, Hilary and Evan , God Bless you all. What an unspeakable thing to happen to your father. I am so very sorry. I was truely shocked when I heard. You are in my prayers. Your father sounded like a wonderful man, as you all are.
Comment Profile Imagecivicduty
Comment #79 | Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 12:32 pm
Anybody who would actually accept a "reward" for coming forward is an- A- double snakes. If you have any information, it is your duty as a responsible, concerned citizen- to do what's right. If my loved one was murdered, I would hope any witnesses would come forward-regardless of financial gain.

If the city of Temecula offers a reward in one homicide case, they should for all homicide cases. No matter if the murder victim was as endearing as Larry Robinson. I am urging citizens of Fallbrook and Temecula- to seek rewards in every homicide case.

I am encouraging any witnesses out there, to come forward. Be courageous. Do the right thing, regardless of any reward being paid.
Comment Profile Imagesolojoe
Comment #80 | Tuesday, Jun 4, 2013 at 9:51 am
I knew Larry more than 40 years ago and I can still remember his smiling face and warmth
Comment Profile ImageStanford
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Comment Profile ImagePaula
Comment #82 | Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 8:26 pm
I knew Larry when he lived in Eureka Calif, Many years ago.
He played in the Dale Hustler Band and was loved by everybody
who met him and watched him play.
I am so shocked and saddened to hear of his unnecessary passing
What a tragic, and horrible thing to have happened to the sweetest man ever.

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