Friend Of Jim Ward Murdered, Cancels Sydney Show -
Jim Ward at Photo by Ros O'Gorman

Jim Ward at Photo by Ros O'Gorman

Friend Of Jim Ward Murdered, Cancels Sydney Show

by Paul Cashmere on January 5, 2012

in News,Noise Pro

Jim Ward has had to cancel his show in Sydney on Friday because a close friend of his Esme Barrera has been murdered.

Jim Ward at Photo by Ros O'Gorman

Jim Ward at Photo by Ros O'Gorman

“We just found out a dear friend of Gabe and I has been murdered. We need to get home to be with family, friends and have the support of our gang,” Jim said in a statement today.

Esme was well-known in the Austin music scene. The 29-year old was also a teacher helping children with special needs at the Casis Elementary School.

Police are still looking for Esme’s murderer and suspect a black man aged between 30 and 40, approximately 6 foot tall. Two other attacks happened near Esme’s home, one just 30 minutes before Esme’s body was found at 2:45am on New Years Day.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers on (512) 472-TIPS.

Jim Ward was due to perform his last Australian show at the Sandringham Hotel in Sydney on Friday, January 6, 2012.

To help pay for Esme’s service and expenses a blog has been created at

Watch Jim Ward perform at

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