Brian Deneke (March 9, 1978 December 12, 1997) was a person who listened to American punk and was from Amarillo, Texas, USA, who became well-known after his untimely death in 1997, at the age of 19.
Brian Deneke was born and raised in Amarillo, TX. While growing up, Brian was a Boy Scout and a Kwahadi Dancer. He attended Crockett Middle School in his early teens. Deneke had a spiked mohawk haircut and often wore a black leather jacket with a studded leather collar and sported homemade tattoos. He attended Amarillo High School and would later obtain his GED. Deneke also contributed with Stanley Marsh 3's art project, Dynamite Museum, which consisted of handmade mock road signs that were scattered across the city. Deneke is also famously remembered in Ethan Daniel Davidson's 1997 folk song "Brian Deneke", Fifteen's "Brian's Song",Bobby Steele and The Undead's punk song "Tears On A Pillow", the Dropkick Murphys song "Fortunes of War", the Against All Authority song "Sunshine Fist Magnet", the Total Chaos Songs "A Punk Killed" & "Murdered", and the Career Soldiers song " American justice is all a LIE".
Brian is survived by his mother, father and brother.
Deneke was killed in a violent hit and run incident in the Western Plaza Shopping Center parking lot stemming from a fight outside of an IHOP in Amarillo, Texas on December 12, 1997. His death was immediately met with great anger from the punk subculture since it is widely believed that he died solely for being a punk, i.e., that his death was a hate crime. The case had also gained controversy because the murderer, Dustin Camp, received 10 years probation and a $10,000 fine for the death. Camp violated his terms of probation in 2001 and was sentenced to eight years in prison.
On July 31, 2006 Dustin Camp was released from prison and told to live in El Paso.
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