Lionel Young with his STOLEN violin (photo from his Facebook page)

Last week we reported that musician Lionel Young had four instruments stolen from his car which was parked in front of his house. Lionel posted a note (below) asking for people to keep an eye out for his two violins and two guitars, plus accessories. Friends of Lionel’s have set up a Go Fund Me page: https://www.gofundme.com/f/lionel-young-replace-his-stolen-instruments

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Lionel Young Has Four Instruments Stolen From his Car – Look Out for Them

Lionel Young: It’s with a heavy heart that I write this post. Yesterday afternoon, in front of my residence in Lakewood, CO, four instruments were stolen from my car. There were two guitars: a black Telecaster with a white pic guard, a black Epiphone Les Paul, two violins – a black 5 string Zeta Jazz and an electrified Roth violin. The photos are of these instruments. Also taken was a Boss multi effects pedal, 4 bows, and 2 double instrument cases as well as some loose change. I was hoping to share some music during this difficult time but this post is to share information.

I’m aware that this isn’t a life or death situation. This pandemic gives me a clear perspective. I’m ok. Unlike many, I’m relatively healthy. It’s still painful though. There’s no way to put into words what these instruments meant to me. There’s a strong connection that developed over time. I share my heart through them. I don’t think the person that took them could be aware of that. I got sick when I fully realized what happened yesterday. However, you can’t take them with you when you go. I feel thankful to have the honor of playing on them to this point. Also a few months ago, I got to watch Dexter Payne go through a similar situation with such grace in France, so I have his good example to follow at this time.

I have no ill will toward the person that did this. I’d like to get [the instruments] back. It could be my karma. Be that as it is, if anyone runs across any of these instruments please contact me.

Go to Lionel’s Facebook page to see photos of all the instruments in case someone offers to sell one to you “cheap.”


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