Candlelight vigil for Vancouver musician Randy Ponzio to be held this evening
Friends ofRandy Ponzio plan to hold a candlelight vigil tonight (November 21) for the Vancouver musician, who was found dead in a Downtown Eastside rooming house over the weekend.
The vigil will take place at 6 p.m. outside the Canada Line station at Granville and West Georgia streets, where he used to busk.
Kei Baritugo, a Vancouver publicist who was friends with Ponzio, is helping organize the event.
An emotional Baritugo told the Straight that Ponzio’s music will be played at the vigil and members of his family may speak. Attendees are encouraged to bring candles and flowers.
“Randy was an amazing musician,” she managed to say over the phone.
Ponzio’s friends are raising money to help support the three children he left behind.
They’ve set up a website, HelpRandyPonzio.com, and are collecting donations. As of noon today, over $6,000 had been raised, according to Baritugo.
Some of his CDs will be on sale at the vigil, and a downloadable version of his EP is being made available on a pay-what-you-can basis.
Ponzio, who was 35 years old, went missing on November 15. He was found dead at the Balmoral Hotel on Saturday evening (November 19).