Note: This article has been updated to correct Fredster's given name.
Wednesday's massive three-alarm fire at the Courtyard Condos in the Galleria area tore through more than 30 units, leaving many former residents without a place to live while destroying many fundamental necessities and personal items that will never be replaced.
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Local musician Fred Singson, known within Houston's music scene as DJ Fredster, is one those tenants who lost everything in yesterday's fire. Like many of the other displaced residents, he now faces the harsh reality of starting over.
A friend of Garcia's set up a Gofundme page to help him take the difficult first steps toward re-establishing his life. According to the page, Garcia lost all of his possessions — clothes, furniture, kitchenware, linens. The fire also consumed his DJ laptop and his extensive vinyl and CD collection — vital tools for a working DJ, most of which cannot be replaced. Without renter's insurance, Garcia needs help from Houston's big-hearted community to help him acquire the bare necessities to begin again.
Mario Rodriguez, Wonky Power Records co-founder and member of Houston electropop group Bang Bangz, is planning a fundraiser for August 11 to help Garcia start over. More details about the benefit's time and place will be revealed in the coming days.
Donations of any amount help. Please click here to assist this young man and talented musician during his life's toughest trial. Houston knows how to show love during crises like this one, and its heart has always been measured by what it does, not what it boasts.