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Ohio Club Where DIMEBAG Was Murdered Is On Market For $1.295 Million

Ohio Club Where DIMEBAG Was Murdered Is On Market For .295 Million

The Alrosa Villa nightclub in Columbus, Ohio, where PANTERA and DAMAGEPLAN guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott was murdered exactly 15 years ago, is on the market for $1,295,000. The listing is held by Best Corporate Real Estate, which has produced a PDF file containing all the relevant information concerning the business.

On the night of December 8, 2004, a 25-year-old ex-Marine named Nathan Gale charged onstage at the packed nightclub and opened fire on the band and crowd, killing Dimebag and three other people before being killed himself by police officer James D. Niggemeyer, who arrived on the scene minutes after Gale began his rampage.

According to The Pulse Of Radio, Gale seemed to deliberately target Abbott, leading to speculation that the young man, who had a history of mental illness, held a grudge against Abbott and his brother, drummer Vinnie Paul, for the break-up of PANTERA in 2002. Columbus police closed their investigation in October of 2005 without establishing a motive for the shootings.

Niggemeyer told The Columbus Dispatch in a 2014 interview that he was no longer a police officer largely because of the emotional toll of that night. He remained on patrol for three years after Dimebag murder, but the city eventually decided, with the advice of doctors, that he shouldn’t be a first responder. He now works in the city’s fleet management division.

Dimebag‘s death was a devastating blow to the close-knit hard rock and metal community. He was known to his fellow musicians for his hospitality, friendship and partying spirit, and was a legend among fans and peers for his powerful, innovative and unmistakable playing style.

Vinnie Paul sued Alrosa Villa over his brother’s death. The lawsuit was settled out of court in 2007 for what was described at the time as a nominal amount.

“What happened here on Dec. 8, 2004, was a tragedy for everyone and our hearts go out to the victims and their families,” Alrosa Villa manager Rick Cautela said in a statement issued after Vinnie Paul‘s lawsuit was dismissed. “There is nothing we could have done to stop it.”

According to The Columbus Dispatch, the lawsuit said the Cautela family, which owns and operates Alrosa Villa, was negligent in not stopping Gale from entering the club with a gun and ammunition.

Gale jumped a fence surrounding a patio outside the club as DAMAGEPLAN began playing its first song. He then walked through the crowd and entered the stage from behind a stack of amplifiers. He pulled a handgun and shot Abbott in the head, then turned the gun on those who tried to intervene.

DAMAGEPLAN crew member Jeffrey Thompson, club security guard Erin Halk and audience member Nathan Bray also were killed. Band manager Christopher Paluska and band technician John Brooks were wounded.

The carnage ended when Niggemeyer entered the club through a rear door and fatally shot Gale as Gale held a gun to Brooks‘s head.

In a 2014 interview with the “Talk Is Jericho” podcast, Vinnie spoke about his brother’s passing. He said: “It was a really hardcore, tragic event, and the guy [Nathan Gale] wanted to kill me too. And somehow or another, I was lucky enough to escape that, and I’m still here, and I will do everything and anything I can to carry on the legacy and the tradition that my brother always had.”

Vinnie Paul died in June 2018 at the age of 54 in his sleep at his home in Las Vegas. The official cause of death was dilated cardiomyopathy, an enlarged heart, as well as severe coronary artery disease. He was buried next to his brother and their mother, Carolyn, at Moore Memorial Gardens cemetery in Arlington, Texas.

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AC/DC's BRIAN JOHNSON And Wife Donate Property To ALL STAR CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION

AC/DC's BRIAN JOHNSON And Wife Donate Property To ALL STAR CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION

AC/DC singer Brian Johnson and his wife Brenda have a celebrated place in rock’s pantheon. Their philanthropy is also well known. Case in point? The Johnsons recently donated a property to All Star Children’s Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming foster care through innovation, science, and compassion. According to Stephen Fancher, All Star‘s chief development officer, the organization sold the property for net proceeds of $335,000.

“Over the past two years, All Star has received a remarkable outpouring of support from Brenda and Brian Johnson, and other committed, caring people,” says Fancher. “Their extraordinary gifts have made a world of difference.”

The Johnsons‘ personal commitment to All Star began with Graci McGillicuddy, All Star‘s co-founder and board chair. Two years ago, McGillicuddy and her husband, Dennis, shared All Star‘s mission with the couple. They dreamed of creating a safe place for children who’ve suffered abuse and neglect. These children would find a nurturing environment — and a haven for healing, offering the latest trauma-focused therapies. The Johnsons were touched and vowed to make that dream come true. In the years that followed, many others joined the fight.

Thanks to this overwhelming community support, All Star has nearly completed its Sarasota-based “Campus Of Caring,” which includes a state-of-the-art center for trauma-focused clinical services. The campus also features six foster family homes that provides children who have experienced abuse or neglect, ages 0-18, with a nurturing, family-style home environment and comprehensive, trauma-sensitive treatment. Siblings will be kept together, and parents and caregivers will also be offered a range of innovative services. All Star also serves children in the region’s child welfare system and their families on an outpatient basis.

Dennis and Graci will make these children believe in angels — because that’s what they are,” says Brenda Johnson.

“They have brought a community together in a common cause to help children who have grown up in unpredictable households where violence and neglect may have occurred,” adds Brian Johnson. “There is no greater good than what they have achieved in building the All-Star Children’s Foundation campus, and Brenda and I are honored to be a part of it.”

“We are so grateful to Brenda and Brian,” says Graci McGillicuddy. “We’re preparing to open our campus to children very soon. Raising funds is so important in this crucial time — and they’ve taken us leagues closer to making this dream a reality.”

All Star Children’s Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to healing the effects of trauma suffered by children who have been abused and transforming foster care through innovation, science, and compassion. All Star‘s campus, located at 3300 17th St, in Sarasota, is a nurturing community consisting of a clinical treatment center; six family foster homes and inspirational green space featuring a playground, gardens and a clubhouse. Working with research experts from Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, this innovative approach will be researched and evaluated in order to develop models that can be adopted by foster care systems around the state and country. This project has been partially funded under an agreement with the State of Florida, Department of Children and Families.

For more information, visit www.allstarchildrensfoundation.org.

Photo courtesy of All Star Children’s Foundation
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