Video and text by Fred Caldwell:
A few years back, a guy named Clay asked me if he could have some stalks from our bamboo plant (that we were plagued with for 40 years). Sure! No problem. I didn't know him well but coincidentally I know two of his brothers pretty well.
I didn't see Clay for a year then he showed up with numerous bamboo flutes he had made from the bamboo. I helped him sell a few of them.
One night I was at Keno's with my camera I thought of recording Clay and one of his flutes to post on Youtube and maybe get him some sales that way. The 2nd generation video is attached below. It was completely unscripted and spontaneous as I said basically "Sell me a flute while I videotape you for the Internet". So with a little light in the dim recesses of Keno's I rolled the camera.
The video is attached.
I was shocked to hear today that Clay was the man shot and killed by the new security guard where I do my laundry every week. My heart goes out to his mom, brothers and girlfriend.
nctimes.com: ENCINITAS: More details emerge in shooting
SignOnSanDiego.com: Security guard fatally shoots man in Encinitas