Matthew Fernander, a 30-year-old aggressive skater, was shot in the head and killed this past Friday in South Austin outside of his apartment. I first met Matthew when I moved back to Austin in 2012. Anytime I would go to House Park Skatepark in downtown Austin, Matthew would be there shredding everything at Mach 10.

Matthew was a very talented skater and an exceptionally nice guy. I always enjoyed skating with Matt and hanging out with him at the park. He will be greatly missed by myself and everyone in the Austin skate scene.

This shooting comes only a couple months after Robert Guerrero was also shot in the head. Fortunately Robert has made almost a full recovery. Our condolences are with Matthews friends and family.


The suspect in the murder of Matthew has been found dead of a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head. His killer has been identified as 28-year-old John Edward Litchfield II.


– You can read more about the shooting at
– The article about his killer’s suicide can be read here.

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  1. I am Matthew Fernander mom (Kristi). Thank you for your tribute to Matt. Matt has left a huge footprint of love , joy, and helping others. He will definitely be missed. I imagine him shredding everything at the best skate park in heaven. Looking down on us with love. Always rember.

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