Composer’s son, presumed kidnapped, is found dead

Composer’s son, presumed kidnapped, is found dead


norman lebrecht

July 31, 2016

Two weeks ago, the Kazakhstan composer Yerkesh Shakeyev posted a Facebook appeal, seeking the whereabouts of his son, Safar, who had gone missing in the former

capital, Almaty.

Safar, 25, graduated from two American colleges, in Danville and California. The Kazakh authorities thought he might have been kidnapped for ransom.

His body has now been found in the Yessentai River in Almaty and condolences messages are pouring in to the family.

safar shakeyev


  • Josh says:

    Danville is IN California.

  • Sue says:

    That’s just absolutely dreadful!!! Sympathies for this man and his family.

  • Alex Williams says:

    Correction…..Almaty is no longer the capital of Kazakhstan and hasn’t been for the past 19 years. Astana is!

  • John Borstlap says:

    Dreadful story, must be unbearable for the parents.

  • William Stivelman says:

    I was just going to say the same thing, Josh. Norman Lebrecht, you failed on several accounts to properly identify concerns about this sad event for the young man and his parents, thereby scarring this story irreparably. FIrst, the capital of Kazakhstan changed 19 years ago. Second, Danville is IN Caifornia. It’s an East Bay suburb of San Francisco. So what’s the other school’s name, and where is it located? It’s as if you said, “the young man went to college in London and England.” Nonsense. Great job, Norman.

    • Harold Lewis says:

      And you, Mr Stivelman, are exploiting this story as a vehicle for officious and obnoxiously expressed pedantry. The word ‘nudnik’ comes to mind.

      • CDH says:

        What, a modicum of accuracy cannot be expected? And if inaccuracy is noted, it is the noticer who gets the barracking?

        Funny old world.

  • Ariel Feblowitz says:

    Anyone ever figure out who killed him?