Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Meredith Hunter lost his life at the Rolling Stones concert at Altamont
Meredith Curly Hunter, Jr. (October 24, 1951 – December 6, 1969) was an 18-year-old African-American man who was killed at the 1969 Altamont Free Concert. During the performance by The Rolling Stones, Hunter approached the stage, and was violently driven off by members of the Hells Angelsmotorcycle club who had been contracted to serve as ushers and security guards. He subsequently returned to the stage area, drew a revolver, and was stabbed to death by Hells Angel Alan Passaro.
The incident was caught on camera and became a central scene in the documentary Gimme Shelter. Passaro was charged with murder. After an eight-man, four-woman jury deliberated for 12 and a half hours, following 17 days of testimony, Passaro was acquitted on grounds of self defense. Read full entry at Wikipedia.
Oh joy. This kid died on my birthday.
Info and photo courtesy of Wikipedia
Footage from "Gimme Shelter" , the film of the free concert at Altamont shows the killing: