A BELOVED musician and his spouse have been discovered lifeless on a desert highway in a weird tragedy, leaving relations questioning what occurred.
The our bodies of Larry Petree and his spouse, Betty, have been discovered Sunday afternoon on a dust highway simply east of California Metropolis.
The 2 had reportedly been married for greater than 60 years.
“When deputies arrived they discovered the our bodies of an grownup male sitting within the driver’s seat and grownup feminine leaning towards the rear tire,” in line with a press release from the Kern County Sheriff’s Workplace.
It seems that the couple could have run out of fuel.
Legal exercise isn’t suspected within the case.
An official explanation for loss of life has not but been revealed.
It’s also unclear the place the couple could have been headed.
TALENTED MUSICIAN MOURNED
Larry was recognized for his musical abilities and performed the pedal metal guitar, contributing to the Bakersfield Sound period.
He was taking part in exhibits within the space up till his passing.
Larry’s closing present was with a band known as The Soda Crackers.
“We had the respect of getting Larry as our metal guitarist at our first ever present in Bakersfield and had the even larger honor of taking part in with him for his final present a number of weeks in the past,” the band wrote in a Fb publish on Monday.
“We ship our condolences to the Petree household and the larger Bakersfield Sound neighborhood.”
The Petrees have been well-respected round Kern County.
However some members of the Petree household have questions on what occurred to the couple.
“At this second, I am unsure precisely what occurred,” Laurie Sanders, Larry’s cousin, advised The Californian on Tuesday.
Sanders mentioned that Larry obtained misplaced whereas driving to a latest gig.
She claims Larry grew to become disoriented and failed to point out up.
Household pal Kim Hays reiterated that declare, saying she not too long ago needed to discover Larry and produce him to a present.
“He at all times had a smile on his face,” Hays advised KTLA.
“He was only a sweetheart of a man and he was at all times there to assist different individuals.
“I simply can’t consider they’re gone and in such a weird vogue.”
Nonetheless, Sanders wonders what the couple had been doing on that filth highway.
“They do not journey that far-off from residence,” she mentioned.
FELLOW MUSICIANS PAY TRIBUTE
“To say I am devastated … is an understatement,” Carol Donnelly advised The Californian.
She labored at Trout’s Nightclub the place Larry used to carry out.
Mario Carboni, a rustic music singer and songwriter, additionally paid tribute to Larry.
“Everybody who’s a musician in Bakersfield is aware of who Larry Petree was,” Carboni advised the outlet.
“Everybody loves him. He was an asset to any group he was in.”
One other musician, Jennifer Keel, echoed that sentiment.
“This has actually caught me unexpectedly,” Keel mentioned.
“You by no means count on such a tragedy. Larry at all times had a smile and a sort phrase.
“He was a really well-respected musician, metal participant, within the Bakersfield nation music household.”
“He simply beloved taking part in music,” she mentioned, including that “although he performed with a number of bands by means of the years he was at all times obtainable to fill in anytime you wanted him.”
Zane Adamo, fiddle participant of The Soda Crackers, shared his condolences as effectively.
“His smile is one thing I’ll always remember,” Adamo advised KTLA.
“When he smiled he had these massive cheeks. And there’s no means you couldn’t smile if you noticed Larry smiling.
“And simply the nicest man ever. And he had such good knowledge, and I bear in mind speaking to him and simply listening to each phrase he mentioned.”