"He was a great inspiration, he picked me up from rock bottom. It's going to be a tough tomorrow realizing he's not there, even just to say good morning," said Brittany Zonneville, Gerken's girlfriend.
Gerken was part of a local hip hop group called Belligerent Entertainment. He also performed as a solo artist under the name Infamous D. His friends say he was more talented than he realized and spread a positive message. They will dedicate their show on Friday night to him.
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