On Thursday night, 19-year-old Kipp Rusty Walker played the keyboard for a small crowd at a cafe open-mic night in Bend, Ore. Then he stood up, produced a small blade, and stabbed himself in the chest until he collapsed, dead. Walker didn't say anything before he committed suicide; the cafe's owner (who wasn't present) says that her employees thought at first it was "some sort of theater." KTVZ spoke with a friend of Walker, who sound less surprised:
"It was almost like he wanted to prove a point, like there's no point in being scared of death because it's going to happen to us anyway," the friend said...
He said the first time Walker threatened to kill himself was on Mar. 20th. The friend called Walker's parents, and Walker was taken to the psychiatric unit at St. Charles Medical Center-Bend, where he spent a few days, according to his friend.
Walker's friend said he warned him about the consequences of what he planned to do.
"I actually told him, I was like, 'Dude, this is going to mess a lot of people up,'" the friend said
The Bend fire department and the cafe are jointly setting up classes to "help people deal with the stress from this traumatic incident."