Community mourning death of local rock musician
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Much of the Little Rock community is mourning after a local musician was found dead early Sunday morning.
Police would not confirm, but friends say the victim in Little Rock's 41st homicide of the year was 43-year-old Stanley "TC" Edwards.
"Everybody that knew TC loved him. He's part of Little Rock, you know?" said friend, Jeremiah Stark.
He was one of those guys that everybody knew, and everybody wants to know how and why he died.
For friends and acquaintances, it's not hard to sum up TC: "Dreadlocks, long trench coat, leather...it didn't matter, he was rock n' roll," said Stark.
Friends say he was autistic, he made a name for himself in the Little Rock metal scene playing as the front man for local band, TC and the Eddies.
"He was very energetic. Always singing some strange song at the top of his lungs that you could never understand," said former employer, John Iriana.
Friends say he would hang out at local places like Pizza D' Action and White Water Tavern almost daily, guessing people's shoe sizes with surprising accuracy, and greeting them with his signature arm grabs and affectionate headlocks.
"[Hearing the news] made me want to cry. You know when terrible things happen to good people, it's a shame," said Iriana.
Edwards' death is prompting questions and concern across Little Rock's music scene.
There's a mix of sorrow and anger. TC graduated Central High in 1990 and quickly became involved in the local rock scene.
He was a familiar face to many who say they're bewildered as to why this would happen to one of the most genuine people they knew.
His energy and memory will live on through the art he loved so much.
"It'll be strong and it'll be forever. It'll be put on through the arts. The arts that go on downtown and the live music," said Stark.
A concert will be held at 7 p.m. this Friday at Pizza D'Action in his memory. Also, afundraiser page has also been set up to raise money for his family.