Joshua C. “Chewy” Embry, a member of the McLean County Chapter of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club, was stabbed in the heart outside a country music bar called the Six Strings Club in Bloomington, Illinois last Saturday night.
Police found Embry bleeding in the street about 11:35 pm. A security guard at the club attempted to administer first aid by applying direct pressure to the wound but was unable to stop the bleeding. The dying man was transported to Saint Joseph medical center and pronounced dead at 12:26 Sunday morning.
College Town Brawl
The death probably had nothing to do with motorcycles, the byzantine vagaries of outlaw club rivalries or the biker lifestyle. The 5’10”, 300 pound Embry was probably killed because his appearance and prowess frightened a college student.
Bloomington, Illinois is the home of mid-major Illinois State University. Illinois State’s 2008 enrollment is estimated at 20,400 students and the Six Strings Club is a popular student hangout. The official motto of the club is, “Ass Kickin’ Country” and Embry was apparently stabbed during an ass kicking brawl outside the bar that involved an estimated 30 combatants.
Three days into the murder investigation, none of the approximately 28 witnesses to this murder have yet come forward. Bloomington police have announced no suspect or motive in the case. The brawl was recorded on a surveillance video camera outside the bar but the Bloomington Pantagraph reported Wednesday that local police were still “analyzing” that “video footage.”
The Six Strings Club closed Tuesday night and a candlelight vigil was held in the street outside in memory of Embry.
The dead man’s father, Robert L. “Scrappy” Embry, called the tragedy “the worst thing I’ve gone through.” Joshua Embry’s boss, Bruce Pedigo of Joe’s Towing and Recovery in Bloomington, called him a “very pleasant and caring individual.”
Joshua Embry was born Nov. 4, 1982 in Normal, Illinois.
He is survived by his parents, Robert L. and Cathy L. Embry; his fiancée, Sheena M. “Sugar” Dow; his brother, Robert L. Embry; his sister, Heather L. Anderson; his uncle, Jerry “Redneck” Roberts; a niece, Madison G. Embry; two nephews, Matthew Jackson and Michael Gazelle; and his maternal grandmother, C. Diane Berkley.
Joshua C. “Chewy” Embry was 26.
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