Carlos Gomez, owner of the American Vintage Barbershop in Belmont Shore, died Friday in a motorcycle accident.
The accident occurred around 4:45 Friday afternoon, according to Gomez’s friend, Ernie Almazan. Gomez was leaving the American Vintage shop in Whittier when his motorcycle was struck by an SUV. Investigation into the accident is continuing.
Social media was full of condolences for his family and friends Monday morning, and a Go Fund Me effort is underway for the family. The campaign topped the $30,000 target in just more than two days.
Gomez, 33, was the lead singer of “The Hi-Strung Ramblers,’ a popular rockabilly group. He founded American Vintage Barbershop in June 2011 in Belmont Shore with brother Jesse Gomez and Almazan. They later added a second shop in Whittier.
“He was an all-around talented good guy,” said Marina Hernandez, a friend and owner of Born Free Children’s Boutique in the Shore. “Our children are about the same age, and my husband went to school with his brother. We talked a lot about family things.
“I’ll always remember how hopeful he was, how supportive. He had friends and fans everywhere.”
Dede Rossi, executive director of the Belmont Shore Business Association, helped promote the Go Fund Me site, and remembered Gomez this way:
“He had a wild and one of a kind magnetic personality, he could always make you laugh and he was an incredibly talented musician and barber. His family meant the world to him and are in disbelief that he's gone.”
Carlos leaves behind his wife Annie Gomez, his two daughters Elina and Nina, his brother Jesse, father Jesus and his mother Dominga. Memorial services are pending.
Friends launched the Go Fund Me site, https://www.gofundme.com/carlosgomez, to help the family with funeral expenses. It continues to accept donations.