A musician from Fallbrook died Saturday from critical injuries sustained in a brutal beating and robbery at his workplace in Temecula.
Edward "Larry" Robinson, 64, was critically beaten Friday during a robbery at Pete’s Music and Guitar Shop in the 28000 block of Old Town Front Street. Robinson was working his shift at the shop at the time of the violent robbery.
Deputies said the store owner had called authorities Friday to check on Robinson because he hadn’t been heard from in several hours.
Robinson was found tied up, severely beaten and unconscious in the store at around 7:30 p.m. He died Saturday from his injuries, officials confirmed.
The case is being investigated as a murder and robbery, as some items, including a guitar worth $1,500, were stolen from the shop.
The guitar, a Gibson Les Paul, is red with purple hardware. Store owners said it has a serial number attached to it.
Officials are still searching for the suspect or suspects responsible, and are asking anyone with information on about this case to call deputies at (951) 955-2777 or (951) 696-3000.
The website for Pete’s Music and Guitar Shop has posted a tribute for Robinson on their homepage.
According to the website, co-workers, friends and loved ones plan to hold a candlelight vigil Sunday night in front of the Old Town Temecula music shop in honor of Robinson. Donations will be collected at the vigil for Robinson’s family.
On Sunday, friend Jon Bart told NBC 7 Robinson would be greatly missed.
"Larry is an outstanding musician, composer and human being," said Bart. "He was an asset to Fallbrook and San Diego and a great mentor to young artists."
Bart said Robinson’s final public performance before his death was this past Wednesday at the Valley Fort Open Mic in Fallbrook. Bart said his own 16-year-old son, Michael Bart, got to perform alongside Robinson that night.
"Larry will be very missed," added Bart.