Eric Stuer

There are no words to express the loss of our dear friend, Eric Stuer and his kind and loving wife, Debra. Both were killed in a roll over accident in the summer 2008. Eric has been the developer behind Before OMRadio and many other drumming web sites, was the place to figure out who was doing interesting stuff in drumming. Eric was never doing it for money or to build a superbrand site.

I remember meeting Eric at the Dallas PASIC (Percussive Arts Society Convention) back around 2000. He was as humble as they get. PASIC is filled with people who there for all sorts of reasons and Eric was there because he loved drumming.

We’d wait 6 years to run into each other again in Austin, PASIC 2006. This time I remember well because Debbie photographed Abbos Kosimov group and we talked more seriously about unified plans between Rhythmweb and From then on, Eric was often coming to Houston to play with Abu Bakr Kouyate, a local master drummer. They were performing for young listeners at schools and libraries.

In the weeks and days before Eric was killed, we talked about getting together and finally set a time to meet. The next message I got about Eric was from a friend thousands of miles away, Peyman Nasehpour. It was devastating. I really have little to say on it other than to testify to the kindness, consideration, and care that Eric showed me as a friend and to many of our closest friends. He listened and was not there to suck up your time.

Eric and Debbie have 3 children who are now without both parents and could use the loving support of our extended family as they move into their adult years. Contact us and we’ll forward your contact info to them.

To My Dear Brother Eric Stuer
Thank you for being the drumming webguru, a great brother, wonderful friend, and kind soul.

June 8, 2008
Texas couple dies in one-vehicle crash
A Texas couple died Friday evening in a one-vehicle accident on Interstate 49 in Natchitoches Parish, according to State Police.

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The dead were identified as Deborah A. Longoria-Stuer, 53, and Eric K. Stuer, 55, both of Richardson, Texas.

Louisiana State Police Troop E responded to a fatal crash involving one vehicle at 6:55 p.m. Friday on I-49, milepost 158, in Natchitoches Parish.

State Police identified the fatalities

According to State Police, the accident happened at 6:55 p.m. as Deborah Longoria-Stuer was driving a 1994 Ford Explorer northbound on I-49. She lost control of the Explorer when a tire apparently blew out.

The Explorer ran off the left side of the road and overturned several times. Longoria-Stuer was partially ejected and Stuer was ejected.

Both Longoria-Stuer and Stuer were pronounced dead.

A passenger in the Explorer, 26-year-old Jules Stuer of Richardson, Texas, also was ejected, but received only minor injuries. Jules Stuer was transported to a hospital.

A note from OM: Without, OMRadio might never have existed. Because of his tireless efforts, Eric Stuer made a huge difference in the modern hand drumming world. We have lost a great soul who asked for very little, gave all he had, and was kind beyond words. I knew Eric as a brother and friend and many times called him up to share the latest events. I was supposed to enjoy his company in the coming weeks as he had begun coming to Houston to play with Abu Bakir Kouyate. He was so jazzed to have some great gigs down here. My heart is heavy with this sad loss and I hope you will honor Eric and Deborah in your own way. Here is the magnificent site he ran:

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