In memory of Carlos Gomez

$40,645 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 388 people in 39 months
Annie Ustayan-Gomez
on behalf of Annie Ustayan-Gomez

Carlos Gomez was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident Friday September 25th and his loss has affected people all around the world. Carlos was the lead singer of "The Hi-Strung Ramblers" and owner of "American Vintage" barbershop. 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 2 little girls Elina and Nina, his brother Jesse, his mother Dominga and all of those that loved him.

Carlos was taken from this world way too soon but in the time he was here he touched so many lives and he will truly be missed by all of us that knew and loved him. 

All donations will go directly to the Gomez family for funeral costs and expenses. The Gomez family truly appreciates all of the love and support from everyone whose lives were touched by Carlos. 

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$40,645 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 388 people in 39 months
Created September 26, 2015
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Melissa Z
36 months ago

I just learned about this sad news. I never met Carlos or saw him play live, but I heard a song by chance a few years ago and after that, Hi-Strung Ramblers quickly became one of my husband and I's all-time favorite bands. We listen to them on a near-constant rotation in our home and I always hoped we'd figure out a way to go to California and see a live show. I'm so grateful for the music and talent he shared with the world. Our thoughts are with all of his family and friends.

Jack Demos
37 months ago

Hi-Strung Ramblers came on my iTunes shuffle yesterday while I was driving--a reminder to get my haircut. So I called the shop to see when Carlos would be cutting at the shore next, and received this horrible news. I became a client of Carlos' when he was at Hawleywood's, and his friend over these many years. It's funny how you can become a friend to someone that you don't necessarily interact with outside of a certain environment. We didn't grow up together or hang out, but we knew about each others' family, friends, interests and aspirations. This speaks to Carlos' spirit and warmth--the intimacy you share with your barber. They become your confidant and friend, and I will sorely miss that. I will miss his humor and wit, always quick with a crack just at the right time. I was always inspired by Carlos in that he set out and attained his goals--he followed his passions. He was an artist, a true craftsman. I loved watching him grow over the years, whether it was with the opening of the Belmont Shore shop, the expansion in Whittier, his music, and most importantly, creating his beautiful family--I know that was his crowning achievement. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. May god give you strength, and may he He bless the soul of this dear man.

Jim S
37 months ago

To the American Vintage Family: I am so sorry for our loss. I first met Carlos soon after he opened the shop in Belmont Shore. Since then, the room always got better when he entered. My repeated impression is that he always seemed to put others before him in his life. I would walk early in the morning and remember seeing him as we walked in the shore, proudly pushing a stroller and spending time with his daughters. Although there are no words that can truly make sense of this loss, he will continue to live in the memories of those who knew him and as these remembrances are shared with others. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Wilma Gettler-Rucker
38 months ago

When I found out, a few months ago, that Carlos and Jessie had opened the Barber shop in Long Beach, I said I was going to visit him, because I hadn't seen them in 12 years. I worked with both of them 12 years ago at Impath Lab in Cypress. I always remember Carlos's smile and bright eyes that smiled at the same time. He would always pretend he was strumming his guitar and would smile and would tell me they were starting a band. I delayed about two months as far as visiting him at the shop, and now he is gone. It hurts so much that I didn't take the time to make the decision to visit him. I took it for granted that Carlos would be with us for a very long long time but he's not. It hurts, and will hurt forever I'm sure - losing Carlos.

miranda carlos
38 months ago

j’adorais ça musique ,ça voix comme pour les plus grands noms du rock'n'roll RIP et prépare nous un putain de concert quand notre heure viendras et que l'on se retrouveras tous au paradis .Dit salut a elvis ,Gene ,Eddie et a tout nos potes partis trop tôt et surtout a carl silva .Je vous aime


First time I met you, honestly I was intimidated & scared as $n!+. I remembered leaving & thinking how cool you & all the fellows were. But mainly, I remember thinking that my life was about to change that night. The second time I saw you, I didn’t have much time to think…. Because you picked me up, threw me on your shoulder, & spun the little left of holiness I had in me. Jesse was egging you on, smiling, screaming CHICAS, & off to the headquarters we went for my second drinking & rock n roll session of my life. I was right, my life had started to change. I remember you letting me go on stage for the first time & sing those 2 songs during your set in San Francisco. Remember when I choked??? You told me that I did great & that I played it off well & that no one noticed me choking. You were so cool Carlos. Hahaha, I remember telling Jesse that I want to be family, & both of you guys said that I already was family. Remember when you introduced me to Chelita??? How could you forget??? After about 10 years I married her. I still picture you in my head smiling at me in the wedding & saying “it was supposed to be a joke bro.” Hahahaha!!!! There was NEVER a dull moment with you & I can tell everyone saw that. We had so many adventures, so many great times, so many laughs, so many beers…. heck Jesse should write a book on it. Well Carlos, you changed my life bro. Now I have a beautiful wife & a gorgeous little boy who brings joy to my heart every second. I thank you for that. I will honor you Carlos. My son & my son’s son will know of you & about you (don’t worry, I’ll keep it PG until they’re old enough). We all are going to miss you more than you think. Since there’s nothing good about saying goodbye & since there’s nothing fair about saying farewell, I’ll just say…. See you on the other side friend. Love you bro. –Santos Chicas Carlos we love you so much you will be missed but will always be remembered. My heart goes out to your beautiful family you leave behind. But we promise we will look after them forever, we love you Annie , Elina and Nina. To Jesse my cousin my heart aches for your loss of a great brother and best friend, whatever and whenever you need us we will be there. To my Tia Minga my heart breaks to see you go thru this pain but we are family and will always be there for you. –Grace Chicas I love you tio Carlos!!! -Sonny Chicas

Nick Arias
38 months ago

Peace and comfort to your family.

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