The neighbor believed a burglar was trying to break in and fired ashot through the door around 4 a.m., Dallas police spokesman Sgt. GilCerda said.

Albrecht, 34, died at the scene. It was not clear why Albrecht went tothe house and the case is under investigation. No arrests have beenmade.

“He was at his girlfriend’s house last night,” said Danny Balis,Albrecht’s roommate. “He left the house and went next door and – forwhatever reason, which we don’t know – he knocked on the neighbor’sdoor. And from what I understand, he was persistent. I don’t know ifthere was a verbal exchange, but the person panicked and fired a shotthrough the door.”

The death of Albrecht, who also played keyboard and guitar and sang inthe Dallas rock band Sorta with Balis, stunned friends and those whoknew him in the North Texas music community.

“He is not a violent person,” said Carrie Garcia, Sorta’s manager. “Heis cool as a cucumber, shy, always wanted to make a joke in asituation that may be a little tense.”

Albrecht, who went by his middle name, had been with the New Bohemianssince 1999, according to the band’s Web site. Albrecht played severaltimes with Brickell’s husband, Paul Simon, Garcia said. He also playedwith Texas musician Charlie Sexton, a renowned guitarist.

Albrecht was working on a solo album that Balis called “the best thinghe has ever done.”

“He was the best musician I’ve ever played with – no question,” Balissaid. “He could play anything. It’s a shame not enough people outsideof Dallas heard him.”