It has been an emotional week for family, friends, fans, and students of Theron Brison, also known as “Thee Ram Jam” under Bootzilla Productions and Funk University. The man who has spent over fifteen years creating programs for substance abusers to seek treatment, as well as becoming one of the funkiest bassists on the planet, sadly met his demise on October 14th, allegedly by the hands of a co-worker. His body was found around 1a.m. at his place of work, and his co-worker at Valley Side Counciling Zahid Sardar Masih, 37, was arrested shortly after for his suspected involvement in the case, of which details have not been published as the investigation proceeds.
At first, Masih was held for $1,000,000 bail, but yesterday the suspect was released. It is not yet clear yet why he was let go, if evidence points to other suspects, or what will be the next move in the investigation. Funk Music News will continue to bring you the latest on the tragic story of Theron Brison’s death, and the inspiring story of his life.
UPDATE ON 10/19
Theron “Thee Ram Jam” Brisons’ New Suspect Booked for Murder on 10/18
Jen, a colleague of Theron, told Funk News today that “As a coworker of Theron I would like to echo the sentiments on the prior article about what a wonderful man he was. Our whole company is in shock and we are so saddened by the loss of a great person, musician, and Counselor. It is also important that people know our other coworker, Zahid, was only taken in to custody until his alibi was able to be corroborated and he was released. He is suffering with the rest of us and has also suffered the indignity of having his name tarnished and experiencing the backlash of the community who so desperately wants the person who took Theron from us to be punished.”
As reported by the Sheriff-Coroner, “During the course of this investigation, investigators from the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit conducted further investigation and released Zahid Sardar Masih from custody during the evening of 10-15-11.
Investigators from the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit and detectives from the San Jacinto Police Department continued the investigation during the following days. During the evening of 10-17-11, detectives and investigators served a search warrant related to the murder of Theron Brison in the 1700 block of Burlingame Drive, in the City of Riverside. Detectives and investigators arrested Corey Lamonte Macedone, a 34-year-old resident of Riverside, for his involvement in the murder of Theron Brison. Macedone was later booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for murder.
This is an active and ongoing investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Investigator Josh Button of the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit at (951) 955-2777, or Detective Cassandra Pemberton of the San Jacinto Police Department at (951) 791-3400. ”
Bootsy Collins has set a tentative date for November 19th, to organize a musical tribute to his friend Thee Ram Jam. Bootsy talks about how Brison helped him select his “star bass” in the video below, recorded October 17th.