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Band that played at Treefort Music Fest killed in head-on crash

Audun Laading and Stephen Fitzpatrick of Her’s, performing March 21 at El Korah Shrine in Downtown Boise during Treefort Music Fest.
Audun Laading and Stephen Fitzpatrick of Her’s, performing March 21 at El Korah Shrine in Downtown Boise during Treefort Music Fest.

A British indie-rock duo and its tour manager died tragically in a wrong-way collision this week in Arizona.

Singer-guitarist Stephen Fitzpatrick, 24, bassist-singer Audun Laading, 25, and Trevor Engelbrektson, 37, were killed when their van was struck by a pickup driving the wrong direction on Interstate 10, according to The Arizona Republic. The driver of the truck, a 63-year-old man, also died in the accident, which happened shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Her’s had performed March 21 in Boise at El Korah Shrine at Treefort Music Fest in Downtown Boise.

The collision occurred after a Her’s concert in Phoenix. The dream-pop group from Liverpool, England, was on its way to a show in Santa Ana, California, according to a statement from record label Heist or Hit.

“We are all heartbroken,” the Facebook post said. “Having recently released their debut album ‘Invitation to Her’s,’ Stephen and Audun were on their second tour of North America playing 19 dates of sold-out shows to a fanbase that adored them. The pair were one of the UK’s most loved up and coming bands.”

“We are deeply heartbroken,” Treefort Music Fest said on Facebook.

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