A mysterious death on Monday of an unknown artist in Texas’ music music scene is raising questions about the state’s burgeoning music scene and whether there is a correlation between that scene and the state economy.
Dale Custer, a singer, songwriter and producer, was found dead Monday in a car near Dallas’ airport with a gunshot wound.
He was 28 years old.
Police said Custer had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, but they did not immediately release his cause of death.
The investigation into Custer’s death is ongoing, but Dallas Police Chief David Brown said Monday that it could have been a suicide.
Custer was known for his electronic music, which he produced with his girlfriend, and his songs had a strong presence in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.
He had also produced music for local artists including BTS and Chance the Rapper.
Brown said the case is not isolated, and that the region has a large music scene.
He said it is possible the city of Dallas has a problem with the local music scene, too.
“It’s a growing issue and we are working to address it, and I’m confident that we are going to,” he said.
“We are also committed to finding the person responsible.”
The police chief said the shooting is not considered suspicious and that authorities are investigating it as a possible murder-suicide.
Dallas Police Chief, David Brown, speaks during a news conference on April 13, 2017, in Dallas, Texas.
Cyrus Harris, an employee at Dallas’ popular music scene “The Cure,” sits next to Custer during a photo shoot.
Harris said he knew Custer well and that Custer was the type of guy that would go out of his way to make sure he was doing well.
“He was very kind, very caring,” Harris said.
He added that Cust is “very quiet” and is not seen much around the city.
The Dallas Morning News first reported Custer died Monday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.