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Vigil planned on Brown's Island for heavy metal band leader


The lead singer of a Richmond-based heavy metal band is still sitting in a European prison, but support for him here at home is growing. 

Randy Blythe, lead singer of "Lamb of God", was arrested in Prague and charged with manslaughter in the death of a fan who police say Randy pushed of stage.

Randy Blythe waits behind bars, his future uncertain while youtube videos of what allegedly happened at that concert back in 2010 seem to be making their rounds on the Internet.

Supporters say a fan tried to climb on the stage three times, got pushed off the stage and later died.

A Czech blog tells a different story, saying "Blythe took a  fan by the hair and threw him down" and wrestled with a second fan.

"I know in my heart of hearts that Randy should not be in jail and the way he helps other people beyond the means most would go," said Streat. "I think it's an extreme injustice that he's in jail."

Local fans and friends are angry. Now, they're throwing their support behind Blythe.

"Randy's voice has been lost and we're getting it back," said Streat. "If it was Justin Bieber, everybody would be talking about it."

Sunday, supporters are holding an event on Brown's Island to raise awareness and support the family. More than 740 people have promised they'll be there on facebook and Streat believes that may just be the start of support for this event.

He says news of Blythe's arrest is making headlines, so this vigil is starting to get support on music blogs and in the community. He expects as many as 3000 people to show up at Brown's Island.

"I think it's ridiculous that he's in jail and I think we need to get him back on this ground in Richmond," said Streat. "And until he's here, we're gonna be his voice. We're gonna talk. We're gonna get loud."

Blythe and his VCU band mates were there for a show. He was arrested for something that happened at a concert back in 2010. Now, despite reportedly posting bond, Blythe is still behind bars.  

The Free Randy Blythe Vigil is planned for Sunday from 1-3 p.m. at Browns Island Park. If you're interested in going, check out the facebook page here.

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