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R.I.P. Avers

Discussion in 'Rest In Peace' started by waldo merfie, Dec 4, 2005.

  1. waldo merfie

    waldo merfie Junior Member

    Joined: Apr 2, 2003 Messages: 151 Likes Received: 0
    I didn't know the guy or anything, just heard about it.

    Wanted to pay my respects somehow.

    Rest in Power.
  2. Ski Mask

    Ski Mask 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Apr 11, 2000 Messages: 11,114 Likes Received: 209
    It was great to see everybody down at leeside paying their respects today. I'll be posting up alot of photos later on today, including all the pieces from today.
  3. Ski Mask

    Ski Mask 12oz Loyalist

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  4. Ski Mask

    Ski Mask 12oz Loyalist

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  5. Ski Mask

    Ski Mask 12oz Loyalist

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  6. Ski Mask

    Ski Mask 12oz Loyalist

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    in the studio a few weeks ago
  7. Ski Mask

    Ski Mask 12oz Loyalist

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    RIP Lee Matasi aka Avers, aka Tone, aka Livin, 1981-2005. we fucking love you.
  8. Dr. Dazzle

    Dr. Dazzle Veteran Member

    Joined: Nov 19, 2001 Messages: 8,147 Likes Received: 3
    I never knew him, but I know how much he meant to a lot of people I do know. A terrible tragedy....

    RIP Leeside.
  9. Frate_Raper

    Frate_Raper Veteran Member

    Joined: Aug 20, 2000 Messages: 7,973 Likes Received: 168
    Oh no,I was hoping it was some lame rumor.What the fuck happened? I can't belive this shit.
  10. socks

    socks Member

    Joined: Oct 8, 2001 Messages: 503 Likes Received: 0

    Honest and Insightful.
    A, no pressure, easy to connect with human being that made the world a better place. You will be missed in all the smallest corners and wide open spaces.
    Respect to Nugget and the rest of his family in this tragic time.

  11. bigguy

    bigguy Senior Member

    Joined: Oct 12, 2001 Messages: 1,557 Likes Received: 0
    We always got into litle arguments about shit.
    But thats cuz i like to argue

    i remeber the first time i met Lee. We where all kicking it at Seko's crib. Raps bumpin' talking graffiti and life. Drinking our forties. a quik trip to the Seven11 to rack some snacks.
    Some how Lee an i got into an argument. Who knows what?! hahah..
    Next thing you know we go out and hit this roof top on hastings.
    "Over the windows OVER THE WINDOWS!"

    Many great memories to follow.

    Transit strike.
    Whitler trips.
    and on and on and on....

    Fun times!

    Much Love!
  12. lepthebeard

    lepthebeard Elite Member

    Joined: Mar 26, 2003 Messages: 4,126 Likes Received: 26
    ...rest in power...
    this cat helped this city's graff and skate community greatly
  13. Dr. Dazzle

    Dr. Dazzle Veteran Member

    Joined: Nov 19, 2001 Messages: 8,147 Likes Received: 3

    Monday, December 05, 2005
    Lee Matasi loved art and hated guns.

    Young Vancouver artist gunned down outside a Richards Street nightclub
    Skateboarder Lee Matasi, 23, 'despised guns'

    Friends of weekend murder victim Lee Matasi honour his memory with spray-painted murals and candles in a tunnel used by skateboarders under Hastings Street near Cassiar in Vancouver.

    The 23-year-old Vancouver skateboarder -- the driving force behind Leeside skateboard park near the PNE -- was shot dead early Saturday outside a nightclub in the 300-block Richards Street.

    "Lee despised guns," his grieving mother, Susan Jessop, said through her tears yesterday.

    "We heard that he might have taken offence that someone else had a gun, and then that person shot him.

    "I don't get it. This isn't supposed to happen in Vancouver."

    A few hours earlier, Matasi had gone out for sushi with his mom and sister, Alison, also a renowned skateboarder.

    He left his family to attend the opening of a friend's art exhibit. Afterward, the friends went out to celebrate.

    "They met someone who took exception to the fact that they were happy," said Matasi's uncle, Bruce Jessop. "The next thing you know, Lee was dead.

    "It's an injustice.

    "Lee died the opposite way of how he lived. He was soft-spoken and easy-going. He never had a bad word for anybody."

    Police said the 28-year-old gunman fired a handgun into the air before striking Matasi and then shooting him.

    The alleged shooter was found in an alley about two blocks away and was in custody last night. The gun was found in a nearby dumpster.

    Matasi's mother said her son "would never hurt a fly."

    "He wanted to be an artist since he was six years old," she said, breaking into tears.

    "He wasn't a scholar, but he had just graduated from art school. He saw that art made life beautiful and he did what he could."

    Matasi's work can be seen in murals around the city, including one at the corner of Broadway and Yukon. He was hoping to continue his art training in France, and planned to travel there with his long-time girlfriend.

    While he was still a student at Templeton Secondary, Matasi began a project to convert a garbage-filled drainage pipe beneath Hastings Street into a skateboard park.

    The popular boarding spot is

    now called Leeside.

    "It was nothing and he made it into a place you wanted to be," said friend Carlos Adams. "He was that way. He inspired people. He was never into violence. He stayed away from that kind of stuff."

    Another pal, Jay Lamarche, said Matasi had many friends.

    "He was a proactive skateboarder," he said. "This was his community and he was friends with everybody. He was really doing good things."

    Yesterday, candles and flowers lined the graffiti-adorned walls at Leeside. Wet spray paint tributes to "Avers" -- Matasi's tag name -- coated the walls.

    "This is our dedication to him," said 'boarder Ivan Pelen. "This is how we're remembering him and what he was to us."

    Matasi's family will never forget his final words to his sister Alison.

    "He told her to be safe," said his mother. "He hugged her and then he left.

    "That was the last time we saw him."
  14. panic

    panic Member

    Joined: Apr 12, 2003 Messages: 459 Likes Received: 0
    Rest in Peace,
    I only met you once, but you were a stand up guy.
    I wish I had flicks of the train that we painted that day in Toronto.
    My condolances to his closest.
    You will be missed.
  15. seven.13

    seven.13 Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Oct 5, 2000 Messages: 3,572 Likes Received: 19
    Rest in Peace Avers... I wish we could have painted, or hung out more. He seemed like such an awesome person the few times we did chill. They guy always had a genuine smile on his face. Who gets shot in Vancouver?! Seriously...only 16 homicides so far this year and Lee off all fucking people gets shot.

    Foto from the last time I saw him, he'd just given my can of neon orange to Nugget to do this hot Nugz burner...