Drummer In California Punk Band Found Beaten To Death In Cul-De-Sac

David McCabe's Knightenders bandmates are mourning their fallen friend.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt
David Patrick McCabe

A California musician was found dead early Saturday after having been apparently beaten to death, authorities say.

Police officers responded to a cul-de-sac in the Anaheim area after a passerby spotted the body of a deceased man who was later identified as David Patrick McCabe, a 48-year-old resident of Dana Point, according to KABC, an ABC affiliate based in Los Angeles. Authorities were called at around 2:55 a.m., and found McCabe’s body lying on the ground.

The man’s injuries seemed to be “consistent with blunt force trauma,” Anaheim police Sgt. Daron Wyatt said, according to KTLA, a CW affiliate based in Los Angeles.

The area where McCabe’s body was discovered is close to the bar where he was last seen alive, the outlet reports.

Authorities have not yet released any information regarding any possible suspects or motive for the killing at this time, multiple outlets report.

McCabe was the drummer in a local punk rock band called the Knightenders, according to a report in The Orange County Register. Johnny Spade, the group’s guitarist, described his fallen bandmate as “the heart of the band,” who was “almost as passionate about the music” as he was about his two adult children.

Minnie Green, the band’s frontwoman, told the paper that McCabe was the one who first encouraged her to start singing.

“If it weren’t for him, I would never have fronted a band, or even tried karaoke,” she said. “He really brought me out of my shell. He was no poser.”

In honor of his memory, mourners have left flowers, candles, and other mementos in the spot where his body was discovered, according to KTLA.

McCabe's band, who have decided to continue performing as a unit in his memory, is scheduled to perform on Wednesday at a venue located within hundreds of feet of where McCabe's body was found, according to The Orange County Register.

Anaheim police have asked anyone with knowledge of the attack to call Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS or visit occrimestoppers.org.

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