Musician Killed Trying to Retrieve Stolen Laptop

By Rob Quinn

August 11, 2017

A beloved Bay Area musician died Wednesday as he pursued somebody who snatched the laptop that had all his music on it. 

Dave Deporis, 40, chased the person who stole his laptop from a cafe in Oakland in the middle of the day and ended up being run over by their vehicle, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. 

Witnesses say Deporis grabbed the side of the thief's red Audi SUV and was dragged before he slipped under the wheels. Friends say the laptop held all Deporis' music, including an unfinished new album. "His friends and his music are everything to him, and that's probably why he was as gung-ho about getting his computer back as he was," friend Chris Vogel says. No arrests have been made.

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