CORROSION OF CONFORMITY: Stabbing Victims Identified

June 24, 2005

The man that died of multiple stab wounds suffered during a brawl at CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's concert in Ybor City, Florida Thursday night (June 23) has been identified as Thomas Laskas, 30, of 1424 E. Idlewild Ave. in Tampa His wife, Wendy, is in critical but stable condition at Tampa General Hospital, according to the St. Petersburg Times. Also injured were Nicholas H. Stegall, 20, of 5409 Nottingham Ct., who was treated and released, and Dallas T. Ashe, 29, who was treated at the scene and released.

Police are looking for a single man who they say attacked all four victims around 11:30 p.m. Thursday at The Masquerade nightclub, 1503 E 7th Ave. The fight in the "mosh pit" in front of the stage began with two women, but quickly escalated, police said.

Police are looking for a white man, 28-30 years old, 150 pounds, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10, with a shaved head and reddish-brown goatee and mustache. He was last seen wearing a white tank top. The man "continued to wave the knife at people as he fled," police said.

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, who headlined the bill Thursday, issued a statement of condolence on their web site. "It's sad that people can't come together for a good time listening to music without something tragic happening."

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