Louis Salgar, Miami Punk Musician and Bartender, Murdered
Family, friends, bandmates, and barmates are mourning the loss of Louis Salgar.
Yesterday at approximately 3 p.m., the 31-year-old punk musician and bartender was found dead in his home at NE Eighth Court and 85th Street just east of Biscayne Boulevard.
He was shot and killed, according to the Miami Police Department.
After neighbors heard gunshots and a roommate called police, MPD investigators arrived at 8551 NE Eighth Court to discover that Salgar had been murdered. But so far, no motive and no suspects have been revealed.
Meanwhile, in the wake of this tragedy, Louis' family and friends grieve, profoundly saddened by the utter senselessness of his death, yet gladdened to have known and loved him.
As a bartender, Salgar served as Gramps' head bartender before moving on to the Broken Shaker earlier this year.
In an Instagram message, his former Wynwood workplace bid him adieu: "Louis Salgar, rest in peace. We miss you already. You leave behind a family, a Lizzie [his girlfriend], and a group of friends and colleagues whose lives have been made more joyous, magical, musical, and savory because of you. Thank you."
As a musician, Louis was a member of many Miami punk and post-hardcore bands during the last decade. Most recently, he served as the guitar player for Secret Arms, a trio that played New Times' Crossfade Music Series and released a 12-track album produced by Capsule's Ryan Haft.
In response to Salgar's death, Secret Arms drummer and longtime friend Mike Rodriguez shared his grief, writing in a Facebook post: "For almost ten years, I have had the pleasure of knowing Louis Salgar. We have made music in multiple bands with each other since becoming friends, but more importantly we vigilantly set out to enrich one another's lives. We traded books, music, movies, laughs, and life experiences.
"He made the best cocktails and I was lucky enough to be one of his taste testers in the early days while he was perfecting his craft. His laugh was infectious. His purity of heart was incredible. He was never afraid to speak his mind. He was an awesome friend. I want justice."
And Tyler Bronis, a high-school friend and Secret Arms bassist, offered his own raw goodbye: "Fucking beyond devastated that I'll never hear you laugh again, hear a new one of your insane guitar riffs again, hear you say something incredibly hilarious yet incredibly offensive again, get drunk off your amazing cocktails and write booze-fueled music with you again... I could go on and on about how ridiculously awesome you were.
"The world lost the best fucking dude today. Thrash into eternity, my brother."