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Remembering Sean Belk

Local reporter, former Signal Tribune writer, dies in car crash

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The Signal Tribune staff is deeply saddened to hear about the passing of local reporter Sean Belk, 36, a beloved writer who wrote for our publication from 2012 to 2016.

According to the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD), Belk was traveling south on Obispo Avenue, south of Broadway, the evening of Friday, Jan. 11, when he collided with a stopped vehicle that had its headlamps and flashers on at around 8:36pm.

Belk’s Kia Soul collided with the stopped Chevrolet Silverado, whose driver was facing north on the northbound side of the roadway. The collision caused Belk’s vehicle to also hit an unoccupied Honda Civic that was parked along the west curb of the street.

Belk was transported to a local hospital in critical condition and later succumbed to his wounds. The investigation remains ongoing, according to the LBPD.

Those with information regarding the incident can call the LBPD investigation-detail number at (562) 570-7355 or visit lacrimestoppers.org.

Sean Belk ’s work as a journalist spans more than a decade, a time in which he worked for publications such as the Long Beach Business Journal, the Press-Telegram and, most recently, the Beachcomber, according to his LinkedIn profile. His experience included working in various editor positions, as a staff writer and being hands-on with page layout, design and photography.

As a writer for the Signal Tribune, Sean specialized in covering stories related to government, investigative pieces and community-related articles.

In an article on the beachcomber.news website, Beachcomber reporter Kirt Ramirez, who resides in the same apartment building as Sean, about a block from the accident, described him as a brother who he would “miss dearly.”

We here at the Signal Tribune share our heartfelt condolences to Sean’s family and those closest to him.

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3 Responses to “Remembering Sean Belk”

  1. Sal messineo on January 16th, 2019 3:46 pm

    Hey Sean. We go way back to the ymca Indian Guides. I think we were 6 years old. I wanted to thank you for exposing me to music,instruments, the ocean and years of fun as we grew into adults. It hurts so bad to think that ill never be able to thank you for the lifelong gifts that i carry with me..
    You were passionate about nature,music,photography, journalism, and the community you were surrounded by. Growing up you were the closest i had ever had to a brother and we had some great adventures along the way.
    I will miss your humor and ,kindness till my last day.

    I love you buddy, your pal Sal Messineo

  2. renee baffert on January 16th, 2019 7:46 pm

    Sean was my soon to be brother-in-law’s best friend since middle school. I am deeply saddened to know such a good soul would leave too early. He recently had found someones wallet with a stack full of lots of cash in it. Sean turned it into the 7 eleven and the guy who got his wallet back because of Sean;s honesty , was so relieved because that was his rent money for the month. He was such a good guy with a good heart and a true and loyal friend. My soon to be brother-in-law will never have a friend like him again. Until we see you in heaven, may you be embraced there sean.

  3. Steve D. on February 10th, 2019 12:03 am

    Condolences to the Belk family and Sean’s surviving friends. Very tragic and untimely passing. You’ll be missed, Sean!

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