Country Guitarist Jay Lawless Brutally Beaten in Attack
Southern California-based country guitar player and teacher Jay Lawless was brutally beaten by unknown assailants and for unknown reasons in the Orange County city of Westminster near his home. Assaulted to within an inch of his life and left for dead, it has put Lawless in an Intensive Care Unit, and the music community that Lawless was a part of in shock and looking for answers.
Lawless was the guitar player for the nationally touring band Highway from the early 2000’s, and more recently was playing in the local band Redneck Rodeo. Lawless was also known and beloved as a guitar teacher, not just teaching young and old how to play, but teaching many professional players, as well as other guitar teachers at the Fountain Valley Music Center and other music schools in Southern California.
Jay Lawless potentially sustained brain damage in the assault, and suffered brain bleeding due to the blunt force trauma to the frontal lobe (forehead). Both of his orbital sockets were shattered, his jaw and nose were broken, as well has his cheekbones. Lawless also lost all but one of his teeth in the assault, with the final one eventually being removed as well. He also sustained broken ribs, a bruised lumbar and cervical spine, broken fingers and broken knuckles, damage to his lungs, along with bruises and cuts throughout his body.
“He’s not a fighter. He’s never been in a fight in his life,” says friend of Jay Lawless, Jacqueline Jacobs, who has started a Go Fund Me for the musician. “He didn’t stand a chance. They didn’t expect him to live, whoever did this. I don’t know if it was because he was mistaken for somebody else, and someone decided to try to kill him. He’s not the person that creates any problem with somebody at all, let along somebody that would get him in a situation like this. He’s just not that person.”
At the present there are no suspects in the assault, and no known motive. According to Jacqueline Jacobs, at the trauma center, they believe the assault Lawless experienced must have come from two baseball bats. “The kind of trauma he suffered was not possible by human hands,” she says. He is booked in an ICU under an alias for his protection.
Since Jay Lawless currently cannot speak, he is unable to communicate what happened, and his arms and legs are only mildly responsive to commands. What seems apparent is that it was not an attempt at a robbery or theft.
“He had a expensive electric bike that he rides around when he’s drinking,” Jacobs says. “He had his wallet, he had his keys, his phone, his watch on still, he had cash on him. They didn’t take anything from him. He was not getting mugged … We have absolutely no idea. Absolutely not a clue why this happened.”
About 18 months ago, Jay’s father passed away, and he moved in with his mom who is in a wheelchair. It was near his mother’s house in Westminster where the assault is believe to have occurred late on Friday, May 27th . Miraculously, Jay was able to make it back to the house, and that’s when 911 was called. Friends and family at first did not make Jay’s condition public, because it was unclear if he would pull through the incident.
Family and friends of Jay Lawless have also been very frustrated at the lack of progress from the local Westminster police department in the investigation. Over two weeks after the incident, and there have been no arrests, and little progress in the investigation. There also were no media reports on the incident until Tuesday, June 14th when ABC7 in Los Angeles ran a brief story. Lawless was also removed from the ICU on Tuesday and is finally able to open his eyes, but has a long road to recovery ahead of him.
Saving Country Music has reached out on numerous occasions to the Westminster Police Department for information and comment, and those calls have not been returned.
“He is never unkind,” says Jacqueline Jacobs. “He will sit and teach guitar to any stranger. He will sit outside of a restaurant, a bar, a school, a grocery store, wherever he is and sit there and teach them how to play guitar.”
A benefit concert for Jay Lawless is in the planning stages, and to contribute to the Go Fund Me, CLICK HERE.
June 15, 2022 @ 8:50 am
So sad. Wish him a full recovery.
We can all feel assurance that if any assailant is apprehended, the local DA will likely give the perp a soft slap on the wrist.
June 15, 2022 @ 9:16 am
June 15, 2022 @ 9:02 am
This is terrible no matter the motivation. I pray for a full recovery for Jay and hope the assailants are brought to justice.
June 15, 2022 @ 11:30 am
I just don’t understand why someone would do this to someone. Some people are just broken upstairs.
June 15, 2022 @ 12:14 pm
WTF is wrong with some people? This is horrible. Hope he recovers and that whoever did this hangs.
June 15, 2022 @ 2:47 pm
All human beings are animals. Expect them to to act as such. Every generation yet born has engaged in the exact same behaviors as the previous ones – good, bad, and indifferent. Wish he had something else in his pocket at the time besides just a cell phone…
“Hell is Other People.” – Jean-Paul Sartre 1943
June 15, 2022 @ 11:32 pm
Eric Castillo here…..I’
We will find out who did this. The lead detective in Westminster is Henry Tran. If you know any law enforcement person, please have them call Henry and tell him to put in some e tra effort on this one.
First song Jay taught me was, Pink Floyd – How I wish you were here.
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I’m so sorry Peggy (mom).
June 15, 2022 @ 12:23 pm
Need to follow the advice of Toby’s “Beer for my Horses” song and find the hoodlums.
June 15, 2022 @ 1:51 pm
Just terrible. Poor guy.
June 15, 2022 @ 2:12 pm
Horrific. Godspeed, Jay.
June 15, 2022 @ 3:24 pm
This is almost beyond belief. I hope he will be OK.
July 8, 2022 @ 1:51 pm
People are sick , who could do something like that to another human being it makes my heart hurt 💔
Praying for a full recovery and that the police find the sick ass people that did this to you !
June 15, 2022 @ 11:41 pm
Eric Castillo here…..so sorry Peggy. 714.659.1448
We will find out who did this…..please tell ANY law enforcement officer to call Westminster Detective, Henry Tran – tell him to put some extra effort into this.
I have always missed ya buddy. Next beer is on me!
June 16, 2022 @ 5:48 am
The media basically ignored it- imagine that. He wasn’t the right color-
June 16, 2022 @ 7:52 am
Color has nothing to do with it. The family kept it quiet waiting to see if he would live or not, RTFA. In the larger scheme of things, Jay is not a famous person. The police have a tough case, they don’t even know where the crime scene is. I’m sure throwing out random bigoted things make you feel good, but they really add nothing to the discussion.
June 16, 2022 @ 9:21 am
It has a lot to do with it- show us an article about a white man, (or Asian), being beat, or killed, from your betters in the media or your official gov’t experts- then show us how many articles, comments, or opinions, the media has about “people of color” being attacked by a white man-
I am NOT bigoted. I am honest- the media, next to the US (and local) gov’t, are the lyingest entities on the planet- mostly through obfuscation and denial. That I am honest scares your betters and makes them lie more and hide more- and not just about *race relations*- their entire schtick is lying and obfuscating, and twisting, spinning, castigating to hide truth- it is what they are paid to do- I’ll wait for evidence to the contrary-
June 16, 2022 @ 10:04 am
I thought the OP would go with the “rising crime,” “thugs of color roaming our once safe streets” narrative, but I didn’t watch tucker last night to see what us whites are supposed to be scared of this week.
June 16, 2022 @ 12:49 pm
Why does someone else need to tell you what to be afraid of? Why do you watch to get your marching orders? Thugs are roaming streets. They always have.
June 16, 2022 @ 5:20 pm
Well, Ellis. I’m sure you’ve been too busy with Pride month to bother with Fox.
June 16, 2022 @ 12:38 pm
You are really going to go there? You don’t think that your blatant racism is bigoted? You put people of color in quotes but not white. What is the implication of the quotes? That they aren’t really colored or that they aren’t really people?
I don’t even know who you are referring to as my betters, so I struggle to refute that statement. As far as I know, you may be referring to the lizard aliens.
June 16, 2022 @ 12:52 pm
If being honest is racism- so be it. The quotes are because *I* didn’t originate the term- “easy, peasy”… If lizard aliens are better than you, have at it.
June 16, 2022 @ 10:13 am
From Los Angeles ABC TV affiliate:
June 16, 2022 @ 1:00 pm
“Authorities said they don’t know where the alleged attack may have happened or if it took place within their jurisdiction.”
Like that should stop them – SMH- worked out well in Uvalde, right?
June 16, 2022 @ 10:25 am
DJ you seem to be trying to exploit this incidence o push your own radical political and racial narratives. In case you didn’t pay attention this happened weeks ago and it was the fmsiky that wanted it initially kept quit. Right now the Police don’t have any suspect information and don’t even know where the crime scene is. Somebody is literally shot or beaten every single day in California. Most of the vicims being minorities And 99 percent them don’t get any mass coverage either.
June 16, 2022 @ 12:34 pm
most of the victims being minorities beaten by other minorities, convenient how you left that part out , now who is pushing a ‘radical’ political agenda?
in 2022 there are cameras running in every store front , in most every traffic light post, in the doorbells of most peoples homes and the phones in our hands 24/7/365 and there is no way that Jay’s assailants are not on video,
the corporate bought and owned globalist media who were at one time genuine news sources but are now nothing more than propaganda masquerading as ‘news’ are guilty of deliberately NOT reporting on minority on white crimes, unless the person attacked is a name celebrity and even then it barely makes a blip on the radar, just ask Rick Moranis.
so don’t act as if DJ’s post is paranoia or biased, or as if wanting to get to the truth is ‘radical’, your so called ‘credible’ sources are the same MSM shills who blatantly lied about the Steele Dossier for four years straight, lied about Kyle Rittenhouse, lied about Nick Sandmann, lied about officer Brian Sicnick, and who have been pushing a bogus J6 ‘attack’ at the Capitol narrative for almost two years now as a distraction for the fact that the FBI were behind this farce, which is not only documented on video but further proven true by the fact every time they are asked about their involvement they provide the exact same “i cannot answer that question” (because it would expose their guilt) reply , same as the FBI arranged the fake ‘kidnapping plot’ of Minnesota Governor Gretchen Whitmer , same as they lied about the U.S. pharmaceutical labs in Ukraine, same as they lied about Hunters laptop lied, made up the ‘Ghost of Kyiv’ out of thin air and have known about the majority of suspects in every single mass shooting in the last 15 years.
sadly all this isn’t even the tip of the iceberg of lies corruption and abuse of power from those who are supposed to be the guardians and gatekeepers of society.
this is a very real and terrible tragedy ,one all too commonly happening because of a media who perpetuate a divide and conquer ratings game while corrupted Mayors and Governors who no longer represent you more than any politicians at the federal level, to quote Ava Armstrong “”when our ‘elected’ officials make their decisions based on who is giving them the most money , we don’t have a congress (or mayors or governors), we have an auction”
there is corruption so deep on both sides and whats sad is we were warned but rather than admit the error, some people want to side with their oppressor and blame those who warned them , let me prove this – https://youtu.be/KHUxm_oKAVk?t=1
June 16, 2022 @ 12:56 pm
July 31, 2022 @ 8:45 pm
Hello I read your comment and only have 1 correction it was the Governor of the great state of Michigan not Minnesota 1 more thing all the woke DA’s and California’s Gavin Newsom when covid -19 arrived in 2020 they released how many inmates from jail/ prison I heard 20%-30% of the incarcerated population Clous Swab and the WEF the UN they’re really doing a number on the U.S.A. God Bless America!
June 16, 2022 @ 12:54 pm
Yes, truth is radical.
June 16, 2022 @ 10:16 am
California. So even if his assailants are arrested, theyll be immediately released with hardly a slap on the wrist. How far that great beautiful state has fallen.
June 16, 2022 @ 12:53 pm
More time and resources are spent investigating people who smack their dog or don’t feed their horse enough.
June 16, 2022 @ 12:55 pm
Who is the Administrator of this Go Fund Me?
Jackie/Jacqui/Jacqueline Jacobs, has a lot of Go Fund Me’s out there.
June 17, 2022 @ 4:18 pm
I check back in after months away to find that an article about a man nearly beaten to death descends into racist blathering in the comments section. It pointless. This site with always be a haven for backward assed ignorant shit kickers. Sad.
June 18, 2022 @ 11:18 am
I’m so sorry!
This is so terrible!
I sure home they find who did this and put them away forever.
June 18, 2022 @ 1:34 pm
Hank Jr. said it best “If they are proven guilty then they would swing quickly.”