TEMECULA, Calif. - A Fallbrook musician who worked in a Temecula guitar shop was severely beaten during a robbery and later died of his injuries.
Edward Lawrence "Larry" Robinson, 64, was found just before 7:30 p.m. Friday at Pete's Music and Guitar Shop, in the Front Street business district in Old Town Temecula. He was tied up, injured and unconscious, Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Tyson Voss said.
"I didn't want to believe it," said John Trifuno, Robinson's friend. "I didn't. It was like how can some [expletive]… just beat up a kind, old man within an inch of his life?"
Robinson was taken to Inland Valley Medical Center where he initially was listed in critical condition. Robison died Saturday from his injuries, Voss said.
"I wish it was only surreal," Pete Surowski, the store's owner. "It's just a sad, sorrowful, anger-filled… you know, we're all grief-stricken."
The owners of the store are devastated. They have been in the business for 35 years and said they have never had anything like this happen before.
A sheriff's deputy said the store owner called sheriff's deputies Friday to check on Robinson when the owner had not heard from him for a part of the day. A television station reported that a customer found Robinson at the business and that he was 64-years-old.
A Gibson guitar in a case and numerous packages of guitar strings in neon-colored packaging had been taken from the business.
Authorities are hoping those items may lead them to Robinson's killer. Sarowski is hoping that whoever is responsible will do the right thing.
"I would say turn yourselves in and stand up and atone for what you did and let justice take its course," he said.
Deputies urged anyone who has information about the case to call the sheriff's Central Homicide Unit at (951) 955-2777 or at the Southwest Sheriffs' Station at (951) 696-3000.