Homer Musician Ray Garrity Killed in ATV Accident
A long-time Homer musician was killed in a four-wheeler accident Wednesday night. Fifty-three-year-old Ray Garrity died when his four-wheeler apparently flipped on a trail out East End Road.
Garrity was part of the popular local band “Ray-Jen Cajun,” named for his partner, Jen King, and himself. Garrity played accordion and sang with the Cajun and zydeco band at many venues over the years, developing a reputation for a fun and frolicking accordion-based sound.
Garrity was discovered Monday night after he was long overdue from a four-wheeler trip on a trail about 18 miles out East End Road.
Alaska State Trooper Spokesperson Megan Peters says Troopers received the call at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night.
"Apparently, (Garrity) had gone out four-wheeling and he was a lot later than expected," said Peters. "People went looking for him and they found him on the trail. CPR was attempted (and) 911 was called. When EMS personnel arrived on the scene, they declared him deceased."
Garrity’s sister, Liz Boario, told the Anchorage Daily News that Garrity was a carpenter by trade and had been working on a project for a year or so building a fish processing plant in the Aleutian Islands.
Boario said that Garrity leaves behind an enormous extended family spread across Alaska.
Garrity’s body was transported to the State Medical Examiner's office in Anchorage for autopsy, which Megan Peters says is standard police procedure in a case like this.