Community Walk Planned as Temecula Music Store Slaying Remains Unsolved One Year Later

Community members are encouraged to gather Sunday at Temecula City Hall for a walk to remember Edward Lawrence "Larry" Robinson. It begins at 10 a.m.

Photo credit: Daniel Lane
Photo credit: Daniel Lane
It's been one year since the tragic killing of a local musician in a botched robbery at an Old Town music store.

To this day, his killers remain free.

That's why the wife of Edward “Larry” Robinson is asking for the community to come together on Sunday for a walk in his honor.

Pat Robinson tells Patch that, though this is a very difficult time for her, she wants to make sure Larry is remembered and that the public remembers what happened— and perhaps stir some memories for information in the unsolved case.

"Today is particularly a tragic day... this is the day that he was actually attacked," Pat Robinson said Saturday of the robbery which was reported March 22, 2013 at Pete's Music & Guitar Shop, at 28780 Old Town Front St.   "It just brings it back right to the forefoot.  I feel it just as much, if not more, because the shock isn't there."

Larry Robinson, 64, was found the night of March 22 badly beaten, tied up and unconscious inside the music shop, and he died the next day from his injuries, according to sheriff's officials.

Since his death, no arrests have been made.  In May of last year, the Temecula City Council approved a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people behind the attack.

Pat Robinson says she hopes a reminder of the reward may help get people talking.

"Someone has got to talk eventually," she said.  "And that is our hope, that someone will come forward eventually."

Pat Robinson said she estimates more than a hundred people will gather at Temecula City Hall Sunday morning at 10 a.m.  

After an opening prayer and some songs sung in Larry's memory, the group will walk down Main Street as his own music plays on surrounding speakers, while holding heart-shaped balloons.

She hopes that many more people will come, and encouraged the local community to show up to bring awareness to this crime.

"There is greatness in numbers," she said.

"The police can only do so much, so as a family and as a community we need to do something," she added.  "To do nothing is to let the criminals get away with murder.  We as a society have to stand up for ourselves."

As for how Pat Robinson stays strong during this tough time?  She wants to make sure justice is served.

"I feel hopeful, I feel heartbroken, I feel many emotions because I am suffering a terrible loss, but I do want to see justice done," she said.  "These people can't just get away with this."

Suzanne Schumacher March 22, 2014 at 05:56 PM
You would think that with several people beating a man to death there would be do much dna and fingerprints and footprints this would be a pretty easy crime to solve. there has to be at least ONE of the people that were involved that are in a database! It is a very disappointing outcome.
James P Hosty March 22, 2014 at 06:20 PM
Business owners need to invest money in a surveillance system. One that is hidden. Had Larry had one? This gathering wouldn't be so bitter and frustrating...
Mike Mueller March 23, 2014 at 04:53 PM
I agree James. I own a business in Temecula and I have 4 cameras inside and 1 outside - all of them are hidden except one and it transmits to an outside service, no tapes. I dont get why EVERY business does not have very high quality video imaging. In this day in age it does not make sense. I feel so sorry for Larry and his family. I wish people would use more common sense in protecting themselves and their legacy. We wouldnt be having this tragic conversation had he done the common sense thing.
Anthony March 23, 2014 at 08:07 PM
I am sorry to say Mike that "Common Sense" isn't very common any more. Additionally, many businesses are struggling out there and make the conscious choice not to purchase surveillance equipment. It is a sad fact of reality none the less true. There is definitely some extremely evil people walking among us who have knowledge of this horrible beating death of this man. I hope one of these individuals runs their mouth soon and that leads to the arrest and subsequent conviction of those involved and the family can have some closure. I'll be doing some personal investigating myself!


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