When friends remember Nick Gomez-Hall, they remember his kindness, creativity and passion for music.
A 25-year-old San Diego native, Gomez-Hall was an employee at Counterpoint Press at the time of the Ghost Ship fire. The Berkeley-based book publisher posted a statement on its Facebook page about Gomez-Hall, saying he became a part of their family the second he started working there.
"Whether he was recommending new music to listen to (and it was always so good), regaling us with tales of the bowling alley, offering his beloved truck for a ride if anyone needed it, or sharing his much appreciated opinions about a book jacket or manuscript, he made everyone feel like they were his friend," the post says.
Before moving to the Bay Area, Gomez-Hall graduated from Brown University. He was active in the music scene in Providence, Rhode Island, playing in a band called Nightmom with fellow Brown student Travis Lloyd. In tribute to Gomez-Hall after his death, Lloyd posted two tracks the band recorded on Bandcamp. In a Facebook post about the songs, Lloyd wrote that he hoped the music "makes everyone feel closer to you in this time of deep sadness and shock."
"If there's one thing you taught me it's to feel this deeply right now, to share it, and to grow closer with the world in the process," Lloyd writes.