In late 2012, Andrew and I moved into a four unit duplex in Lincoln Heights. After months of harassment and unsafe living conditions due to gang activity on our block, we decided to move. Things became personal and we were losing sleep in between the time we decided to move and when we were actually scheduled to. In that time our place was flooded and we assumed it was accidental. Many things were lost in that first flood: our combined record collection, my art portfolio and some family heirloom items. Some less meaningful stuff was ruined also: rugs, show posters, furniture, etc.
After playing two out-of-town shows with Boris, we came home to find our home totally ransacked and flooded again. The upstairs tub was clogged up with the taps running. It was raining from the ceiling onto our stuff downstairs, destroying more of the furniture and art. Some of what was left was purposely left in water so as to destroy it. The neighbor's ceiling collapsed.
ALL OUR VALUABLES, INCLUDING ALL GEAR STOLEN -- from all our studio gear and instruments to my grandfather's penny collection -- gone.
All the hardrives containing all our art and music up until 2010 were stolen. Most of our work/art/music and documentation is now gone.
The tools we use to make any music and art are gone. The list of items stolen or destroyed adds up to well over $20,000. We had to be moved out under the supervision of the LAPD.
What's left of our stuff is in a storage facility and both of us are staying safely with friends. No one was hurt and The Cha was with friends during the break in fortunately.
We have since been trying to pursue the landlord for being so negligent and allowing gang activity to continue on his property. Not only have we failed to even get the security deposit back, the landlord has threatened to sue us for the damages. We have had to spend a lot of our money on lawyers to no end.
- Andrew and Emma of Marriages
We lost $20,00 in gear, $4,000 in rent and deposits, and around $1,000 in legal fees so far. We also lost $1,000 in moving costs and storage since.
We are asking for $5,000 to help with legal fees and covering the costs of moving.
Anything beyond $5,000 goes toward replacing some of what we lost and to rebuild our lives and living situations.
Anything helps and will go towards covering costs related to the incidents described above.
Whether you've given a $1 or $100 or just took the time to read this. Thank you.