The man accused of killing prominent sound engineer Tom Pfaeffle has gone on the run while free on bail, leaving behind a letter that said he’d rather die than lose his freedom.
A no-bail warrant has since been issued for Kino Gomez of Seattle, who is charged with first degree murder in the killing of Pfaeffle, a 30-year veteran of the recording and audio mixing business.
Pfaeffle, 49, worked as a concert sound engineer with B.B. King, Alice Cooper, Nirvana, Queensryche, Aerosmith and others.
Police say Pfaeffle put his key in the wrong door July 17 at the Blue Spruce Motel in Twisp, Wash., where he was on vacation with his wife. Gomez allegedly fired a .40-caliber Glock 27 through the door, killing Pfaeffle.
Gomez was charged with first-degree murder and spent two weeks in jail before his family posted $100,000 bail. Prosecutors had asked that bail be set at $500,000.
The contents of a bizarre letter written by Gomez to his family were revealed in court filings seeking a no-bail warrant for the now-missing suspect.
“The miedia, the bloggers, the police, the justice system, none of whom witnessed the alleged crime, already hung me,” Gomez wrote. “Well, just for spite, I shall deprive society of the circus it so bloody craves – the bearded lady quit!”
Twisp Police Chief Rick Balam told the Wenatchee World that Gomez had taken leg bail and law enforcemnt agencies nationwide had been asked to be on the alert for him.
But in his farewell letter, Gomez wrote he was taking his guns on a “one-way trip to the mounts” and apologized to his family for any embarrassment and financial burden.
“It will be quick and painless. Let no one get in my way – I will not be very kind,” he wrote. “Despair has now changed to anger.”