On the evening of Friday, June 30, Sarah Zeidan and Eric Markiewicz were killed in an automobile accident. Both were only 23 years old.

As a member of This Robot Kills, Voglio Capirlo, the Grey Electric, Galicja and Curse of the J, Sarah Zeidan was an active part of Detroit's music scene. She was a talented bass player and percussionist whose commitment and energy, expressed every time she played, were truly inspiring to those around her. The level of dedication Sarah brought to her musical endeavors matched the passion with which she lived. In music, in her friends, in life, Sarah always involved herself completely. She was one of the most genuinely nice and giving people you could ever hope to meet. She leaves a thousand images and a thousand lives touched. Those who knew her can honor Sarah's memory by never forgetting, and by sharing those images with others. She lives on with us.

As we struggle to form words that might bring some comfort or meaning to Sarah's tragic death, a passage from Primo Levi's Survival in Auschwitz seems appropriate. In that autobiographical work, Levi describes another person's infinite gift:

"I believe that it was really due to Lorenzo that I am alive today; and not so much for his material aid, as for having constantly reminded me by his presence, by his natural and plain manner of being good, that there still existed a just world outside our own, something and someone still pure and whole ..."

In writing this memorial for MT, I was told to avoid the strictly personal, to make this something all readers could understand. But, the most important thing about Sarah Zeidan wasn't her actions in an all-too-brief life, but, like Lorenzo, that she was simply a person who was good and alive. I feel honored to have known her and feel robbed that she is gone. And, like all her friends and family, I miss her very much.

Eric Markiewicz, also a professional in the local music scene, had a similar effect on everyone who was touched by his life. That two people so young and so willing to give are suddenly gone should force everyone to stop and reflect. Our sincere condolences to Sarah Zeidan and Eric Markiewicz's families and friends. There is a Web site dedicated to them, with photos and a message board. Please visit it.

Aaron Warshaw is the Metro Times listings editor. E-mail him at letters@metrotimes.com

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Speaking of Rock/Pop, Hot And Bothered

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 12, 2022

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit

© 2022 Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us

Website powered by Foundation