Maryland Deathfest 2022 unfortunately saw the tragic suicide of 24-year old Axel James Markel (spelled "Markel" on the GoFundMe and "Markle" elsewhere, as noted by MetalSucks). A GoFundMe has since been launched to help cover his memorial service expenses and is seeking $15,000, of which nearly $10,000 has been covered. Donate here.
The organizers of the GoFundMe have posted the following message:
"Hello! you may or may not know me- but you most likely know Pinky, or Gail. Her beautiful son, Axel James Markel, tragically took his own life on Friday at the Maryland death metal Deathfest. And it's been difficult on her and unexpectedly put a strain on the family. Anything you can do to assist this family in their time of stress and need is beyond greatly appreciated."
Maryland Deathfest has also commented on the situation on their Facebook.
"As many of you know, a tragedy occurred just outside one of the venues on Friday, 5/27. Like many others, this has been very difficult for us to process, and we don't think we'll ever fully process it. Our thoughts and condolences are with those that knew Axel and/or those that have been traumatized by this.
"If you need help, please do not hesitate to reach out to friends or family to talk it out. You are never alone. National Suicide Prevention Hotline – 800-273-8255"
We wish Axel's family all the best at this time. And again, you can donate to the GoFundMe here.