Ty Longley, from Sharon PA, just a short jaunt east from here, has been added to the confirmed dead from the Rhode Island nightclub fire:
- The guitarist's name was one of 13 added to the list of fatalities on Monday, bringing the number of those killed to 97.
Longley, who joined Great White in 2000, took to the stage of the Station with his bandmates accompanied by a burst of pyrotechnics, which touched off a blaze that engulfed the venue in less than three minutes.
Nearly 100 fans were injured and taken to a local hospital in the town of West Warwick. As of Monday, about 80 were still hospitalized, half of those listed in critical condition.
The 31-year-old Longley was reported missing soon after the event, but his death was not confirmed until today. A native of Sharon, Pennsylvania, the musician was not an original member of Great White during its heyday in the late '80s and early '90s, but joined the band on tours three years ago.
Longley was planning to move in with his pregnant girlfriend, Heidi, after the end of this tour. His family was said to be in shock over the tragedy. They and other families of victims traveled to the site this weekend to grieve over the loss of their loved ones. [E! online]
To me this is still an almost inconceivable tragedy: 97 people killed because of radically poor judgment and no sprinklers in the club.