Today my heart feels as dreary as the weather outside. It's nasty here in Austin and I want to curl up under a warm blanket with soft things to cuddle. It's dreary in my heart too....
This morning Esme's funeral began in El Paso, TX where her family resides and she will be laid to rest tomorrow. She will certainly be missed and the thought of her murder brings tears to my heart and disgust to my stomach. I don't know if we will ever resolve within ourselves how this could have happened, but we lost an exceptional lady at the hands of a monster.
Tonight many of her friends will be attending a meeting with the Austin Police Department to demand questions and request that they organize a date to address our concerns independently of the Heritage Neighborhood Association. If you can attend tonight, please come. We will be passing out buttons with the above graphic to show our support in numbers.
It has been so strengthening to see how the Austin music community and Esme's friends have joined together. There have been so many memorials written in her honor, not just by friends, but outside entities like NME magazine, Kathleen Hanna, The Dallas Observer, The Houston Press, Ted Leo, The L magazine, BUST magazine, Spinner, Waterloo Records, and countless others.
I'm overwhelmed by the organization of so many thoughtful events taking place in her name with donations going to help her family with expenses and establishing a scholarship in her honor with Girls Rockcamp. I encourage you to attend all you are able to. I anticipate being at majority of them. Here is a Facebook event related list:
Benefit for Esme at the Scoot Inn Thursday, January 12th
For Esme, With Love at 1808 Friday, January 13th
Self Defense Class at Monolith Saturday, January 14th
Art Raffle near Taurus Dog Training Saturday, January 14th
A Night for Esme at Beerland Saturday, January 28th. This show is going to amazing and I know there's no way Esme will miss out on it, in spirit.
There's even a shirt with proceeds benefitting her family and perfectly representing the Esme we know and love.
There will be a memorial event this Sunday, January 15th at Fiesta Gardens beginning at 2:00 pm. All the action and coordination taking place by the people who loved Esme certainly soothes the soul. So does this song, which her family posted on her Facebook: