Funerals were held Monday for several members of an Indonesian pop band killed when awhere they were performing an open-air concert. Relatives of Muhammad Awal Purbani — bassist for the group “Seventeen” — sobbed and hugged each other at a service in Indonesia’s cultural capital Yogyakarta, including a 3-year-old daughter and his wife who was several months pregnant.
The group’s road manager Oki Wijaya, guitarist Herman Sikumbang and crew member Rukmana Rustam were also buried Monday in separate services in their hometowns.
The tsunami gushed ashore without warning on Indonesian islands, killing at least 281 people on a busy holiday weekend.
Local media have reported that Wisnu Andi Darmawan, the band’s missing drummer, had been found dead Monday. Seventeen’s frontman Riefian Fajarsyah — whose wife is still missing two days after the disaster – posted a tearful recorded video message on his Instagram account.
Fajarsyah was swept out to sea but grabbed a floating box and made it back to shore, CBS News correspondent Barry Petersen reports. The singer later posted a picture of the band online and suggested that Darmawan had been killed.
“I ask for everyone to please pray that Bani, Herman, and Andi may rest in Peace with God Almighty,” he wrote.
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Temen-teman musisi Indonesia, maupun teman-teman sesama entertainer, kawan seventeen Indonesia, para sahabat, event organizer, client product, music label, management dan semua pihak yang pernah bekerja sama dengan @seventeenbandid. Mewakili mas Andi, mas Herman dan mas Bani, kalau selama 20 tahun kurang 20 hari kami berkarya ada salah tutur kata maupun perbuatan yang kurang berkenan, aku memohon maaf yang sedalam-dalamnya. • Minta tolong doanya buat mas Bani, mas Herman dan mas Andi semoga mereka husnul khotimah dan ditempatkan disisi Allah yang paling mulia. Pamit terimakasih dari kami -Sahabat sepanggung sehidup semati, Seventeen-
That would leave Fajarsyah as the only surviving member of the group, which has released a half dozen albums and commands a large fan base in their native country.
“So long my beloved drummer Andi Seventeen, Allah loves you,” he wrote. “Be at peace my friend. Endless prayers for you, Bani (bassist) and Eman (guitarist).
“It’s been an honour and a pride to share a stage with you. We were not just work partners, we were family in life and death.”
A visibly distressed Fajarsyah told local broadcaster NET TV that was praying his wife would be found alive.
“Please pray so Allah can give us a miracle.”
On Sunday, the band’s lead singer posted a picture online of he and his wife kissing in Paris with the Eiffel Tower in the background.
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“Today is your birthday — I want wish you a happy birthday in person. Come home soon, honey,” he wrote in the caption of the photo.
The funerals were among dozens of services held across the country for some of at least 373 people killed in Saturday night’s disaster.
swept over popular beaches on southern Sumatra and the western tip of Java and inundated tourist hotels and coastal settlements.
The band was playing Saturday night to a crowd at a company-sponsored event at the Tanjung Lesung Beach Resort on the western tip of Java when the wall of water hit.
Dramatic video posted online showed the tsunami smashing into the concert, hurling band members from the stage and slamming into the audience.
On the video, fans can be seen clapping and cheering before a wave rips under the stage, sending the band members and their equipment crashing into the men and women dancing at the front.
The shocking video then suddenly stops.