Teen Stabs Himself To Death at Open Mic in Oregon

Kipp Rusty Walker

BEND, OREGON – Last Thursday, 19-year-old Kipp Rusty Walker killed himself in front of a crowd of about 15 people at an open mic hosted by Strictly Organic Coffee Company, a locally-owned cafe.

After a short keyboard performace, Walker stood up without saying a word, produced a knife, and began to stab himself repeatedly. “It was a double-edged type blade knife,” police Sgt. Chris Carney said.

“It was really unclear at first what was even happening,” said Rhonda Ealy, co-owner of Strictly Organic. “You know it is an open mic and it’s a performance, people at first thought it was some sort of theater.”

From the KTVZ report:

[A] friend of Walker, who did not want to be named or be on camera, told NewsChannel 21 the sad truth is Walker wasn’t depressed – he just didn’t want to live anymore. And disturbingly enough, Walker had planned to kill himself in a public place, according to his friend.

“It was almost like he wanted to prove a point, like there’s no point in being scared of death because it’s going to happen to us anyway,” the friend said.

Reminiscent of musician Elliott Smith’s highly-publicized suicide, the technicalities of how Walker managed to stab himself fatally remain unknown. Naturally, both family members and witnesses of the incident are not yet ready to recall the event, as most are experiencing considerable trauma.

“I actually told him, I was like, ‘Dude, this is going to mess a lot of people up,'” the unnamed friend told KTVZ.

The afternoon after the suicide, the St. Charles Health System officials organized a press conference to discuss suicide prevention. Ealy will be setting up classes, in association with the Bend fire department, for the witnesses of the suicide, to help them make sense out of last Thursday’s events. TC mark

Gawker via KTVZ


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  • taa

    what a sad and selfish way to end ones life…

  • anon

    “Dude, this is going to mess a lot of people up.” unnamed friend is an asshole

    • OKAY

      no you.

      • anon

        i'm trying to say that maybe he should have tried another tactic in persuading his friend not to commit suicide.

      • HumanRobot

        maybe you don't know the whole story and all the things he tried to do to save his friend. there could possibly be more to the story than this short article you know…

      • alice

        “the sad truth is Walker wasn’t depressed – he just didn’t want to live anymore.”

        … non sequitur. his friend seems a little naive, at the very least. I don't think suicide is ever a non-committal, artistic choice; it's usually due to bad brain chemicals. the kid was in pain, i'm sure.

  • boss

    He did this in front of family and friends too… what a douche.

  • natural

    Why does being human have to be so goddamned difficult?

    • http://www.facebook.com/gregpphoto Greg Petliski

      It doesnt. We just make it so.

  • son


    • Brandon

      oops, thanks

  • http://twitter.com/unsuicide unsuicide

    Anyone who is upset after reading this post can call 1-800-273-TALK or international hotline numbers here: http://tinyurl.com/aao6jf

    The author of this article, and editors at Thought Catalog, are encouraged to read the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's guidelines on the responsible and ethical reporting of suicides, to prevent contagion suicide.

    My condolences to Mr. Walker's family and friends.

  • satan


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1363230138 Michael Koh

    This is so fucked up

  • Mr. White

    Does it even matter if we live or die? When I'm dead, I'm not going to feel anything. If I had a button that would cause all humans to die, would it matter if I press it or not? We can be happy and sad when we're alive but when we're dead, we don't care about anything because we don't exist.

    I don't endorse suicide, don't do it. It makes other people feel very bad, including those very people that you care about most. It might also hurt like shit and you could end up in a hell/vegetative state. Humanity, stop murdering yourself.
    Besides, life is all kinds of cool. You can do many things. You could end up being the Pope or an ice cream taster. Just looking at how weird and funny our hands are is enough for me to keep living and enjoy it.

    • Reallyyyydude

      telling people not to kill themselves because it would make others sad is way more selfish than someone 'selfishly' taking their own life. there is no hell. the pope is an asshole. c u l8r.

      • Mr. White

        You're right. Maybe. I didn't say anything about the selfishness of suicide, though. I'm just saying that killing yourself is not nice and it does hurt other people tremendously. I don't believe in hell or other religious places either, but I don't know Benedict XVI personally, so I can't say if he's an asshole or not. The point is you could end up being the Pope, and that would be fun (for me, at least).

      • Mr. E

        I like your attitude Mr. White, I share the same outlook and sentiment. Life is what you make it, for all the bad there's also a lot of good.

  • brononymous

    “People at first thought it was some form of theater.”

  • LDN

    This made me sad for, and angry with, him.

    Sidenote: Is 'Rusty' a common name in America?

    • http://profiles.google.com/amaviena Amanda Viers

      I don't know any Rustys.

    • DRW

      I have a cousin in OR named Rusty. Short for Russel. I dont think its very common. But he has a son named Dusty.

      • LDN

        i hope that's short for something

  • http://profiles.google.com/amaviena Amanda Viers

    this is fucked.



  • LOL


  • http://www.facebook.com/gregpphoto Greg Petliski

    How many stabs does it take to get to the center of a depressed teenager? One..two..three…

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