Besera was involved in an armed robbery in 1989 that left him paralyzed from the chest down
Jeff Becerra, vocalist and bassist for US death metal outfit Possessed, has reunited for the first time in more than 30 years.
In 1989, Becerra was caught at gunpoint and shot twice in an armed robbery, knocking him down the chest. In the decades since, the frontman has been wheelchair bound.
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Now Becera has shared a video of himself taking his first steps after the accident with the help of robotic legs. The footage, posted to Possessed’s Instagram page on September 18, was captioned, “I walked again! I walked again with robotic legs for the first time in more than 30 years.
Scott Ian of the ‘Big Four’ outfit Anthrax commented on the post, saying, “This is fucking awesome. Hail bro!!!” Exodus/Slayer members Gary Holt, Prika Amara from Nervosa and Anders Oden of Cadaver also left comments of support.
“I’ve been in a wheelchair for longer than I can walk,” he said. “It’s my normal. It wasn’t such a big accident – I got shot with two different guns in a robbery. I was building concrete. I worked for about 13 hours that day. I went to pick up a pack of camels.” stayed for [cigarettes] And I think I flashed a hundred [dollar bill] And on the way, two men in hoods, little ninjas with guns ran away: ‘Give me all your money.’
“I kind of protested; I should have just given them money, but I was dodged, I was surrounded,” he continued. “This is not the first time I have had a gun pointed at me and I knew they meant business. We scuffled, there was no way out and I was shot a couple of times.”
Becera spent the next five years battling drug and alcohol addiction after shooting and then before earning a college degree. After a 16-year hiatus, he brought Posed back in 2007 and has since toured regularly with them, performing in a wheelchair.
Posed shared their third album “Revelations of Oblivion” in 2019, more than three decades after their first two releases: “Seven Churches” (1985) and “Beyond the Gates” (1986).