R.I.P. Ralph Ameduri 

Beloved musician's senseless murder rocks Orlando music scene

click to enlarge JIM LEATHERMAN
  • Jim Leatherman

Early Saturday morning, Orlando musician Ralph Ameduri Jr., 45, substituting on bass for Thomas Wynn & the Believers for a gig at Jessie’s Bar in Winter Haven, was shot and killed by a man attempting to rob the band. The versatile bassist and guitarist, who played for local acts like Legendary JC’s and the Rondos, was remembered lovingly on message boards, Facebook and Twitter this weekend.

Dave Scott, a bandmate of Ameduri’s in the Rondos, provided us these photos and gave this statement: “With his impish grin like a curious child and his never-ending fascination with music, food and life, Ralph touched the hearts of all who knew him. We have all been ‘Ralphed,’ as his friends would say. He’ll be impossible to forget.”

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, 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

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

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

Read the Digital Print Issue

April 7, 2021

View more issues


© 2021 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation