Ian Petrich, a local writer who described himself as a "kindred spirit" and close friend of Deporis, 40, said that the musician played the folk scene in New York in the early 2000s and recorded several albums during that period.
“Dave has a long history of performing music," he explained. “But was too much of a perfectionist ... to ever release them.”
Petrich says the family possesses three albums worth of songs, in addition to new material that he just recorded in New York. Donations from the GoFundMe will finance the production of CDs and vinyl, and distribution of this music.
“I don’t want Dave’s legacy to be just the victim of another violent demise," his friend said. “He was just a really sweet, genuine man.”