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July 03, 2007


eunice scarfo

i want to know why back up was not called in if it had i think the accident could have been avoided.

Uncle Ron

Thanks for the update. I think the DA meant a 4000 pound vehicle?
Regardless, does anyone know if Morales is still in custody or did he make bail?? I would really hate to see him run again!
I am posting an article from The Hearld - let's have a great turnout
for Katie.
Hotline: Benefit gig set for singer Farris
By Michael Marotta
Thursday, July 5, 2007

A little more than a month after he was killed in a car accident in Somerville, friends and family are coming together for a tribute concert for 23-year-old Paul Farris, singer of Medford-based alt-rock band theMark.

The Aug. 3 show at Good Time Emporium in Somerville will also serve as a fund-raiser for Farris' girlfriend, 21-year-old Kate Hoyt, who was critically injured in the May 27 accident. She's slowly recovering.

"Kate's doing OK - she's generally confused and doesn't remember anything from the last two years," said friend Adam Arrigo, who graduated from Tufts University with Farris. Hoyt didn't have health insurance, so friends are hoping to raise money to help with medical bills.

Farris and Hoyt were in an idling taxi on Highland Road when it was allegedly struck at 70 mph by Javier Morales, 23, of Somerville, who was fleeing police in a car chase that began in Everett.

The Somerville Journal reported Morales last week was indicted by a grand jury on two counts of manslaughter, two counts of motor vehicle homicide and failure to stop for a police officer. The cab driver, Walid Chahine, 45, died of complications from the accident on June 3.

For the benefit, Arrigo's band the Main Drag and the Minus Scale will perform. Arrigo said more bandswill be added to the bill.

In the meantime, the families of Farris and Hoyt are accepting donations to the Farris-Hoyt Care Fund, in care of T.D. Banknorth, 95 Highland Ave., Needham. Any Banknorth branch will accept a donation. You can hear live recordings of Farris' band, theMark, at

Thanks to all the good folks of Somerville,and Mayor Joe, for their support.

Uncle Ron

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