The music world is mourning the death of a multi-talented Minneapolis musician who was killed in a wrong-way crash in Arizona on Wednesday.
Trevor Englebrektson, 37, of Minneapolis, was one of four people killed in the crash around 2 a.m. Wednesday on Hwy. 10 in La Paz County, which is located west of Phoenix in southwest Arizona.
Engelbrektson was in a vehicle with two members of British rock band Her's, both of whom were also killed, according to the band's label, Heist or Hit.
"It is with overwhelming sadness that we regretfully inform you that Liverpool band Her’s, Stephen Fitzpatrick and Audun Laading and their tour manager Trevor Engelbrektson tragically passed away in a road accident in the early hours of Wednesday, 27th March whilst travelling to a show in Santa Ana, California," the label announced on Facebook.
According to Arizona Central, the wrong-way driver of a Nissan pickup collided head-on with a 15-passenger Ford van in the westbound lanes of Interstate 10. Both vehicles were engulfed in flames when emergency crews arrived at the scene.
Engelbrektson was the tour manager for the up-and-coming British band, who were journeying the U.S. on a 19-date, sold-out tour.
He was also the bassist for Minneapolis-based band, Southside Desire, which is led by his wife, Marvel Devitt, according to the Star Tribune.
A fundraiser will be held for Engelbrektson's family on April 2 at Mortimer's in Minneapolis. It's been titled "A party for the best dude on earth" and starts at 7 o'clock that Tuesday night.
"A beautiful man who loved his wife, his kids, and did more for Minneapolis music than anybody could ever dream of was taken from us far too soon.
The bands playing will be incredible. This night will be legendary. And the money goes to helping his wife raise their kids.
$10 minimum, anybody who gives more is a goddamn hero.
We’ll always love you Trevor. You were one of a kind who will never be forgotten."
Engelbrektson worked all over the Twin Cities as a sound technician, with his Facebook page saying he provided sound engineering for shows at The Hook & Ladder Theater and Lounge, Icehouse MPLS, First Avenue & 7th Street Entry, and Turf Club.
In addition to being a sound tech and tour manager for Her's, he did the same for London-based band, Songhoy Blues.
"Trevor was one of the most awesome, loving people we ever met in music, and in life. He really cared," Songhoy Blues said in a Facebook post early Friday morning. "We will always carry him in our hearts."