Suburbia Roller Derby is heartbroken over the loss of Zee Aria, aka Loraine Acid #59.
Acid came to us from Ohio Roller Derby only a year ago, but her impact was immediate and enormous. She blocked and jammed for our all-star team, Suburban Brawl (and won MVP of every bout), joined our coaching and training team, was the captain of our A/B mixed team, and had just started a term as our vice president when she was taken away.
Acid personified what roller derby is supposed to be about: love for the sport, respect for her opponents, dedication to her team and league, and a drive to keep learning and improving — even if it was trying to nail down 360 degree apex jumps on the sidelines during practice water breaks (in between rounds of self-imposed squats, of course). She skated with equal parts joy and skill. She set up cross-training sessions, arranged ice skating socials, planned group hikes, and used her dentist skills to make us mouthguards.
We will remember Acid as a leader, friend, and teammate who brought talent, intensity, and heart to everything she did. We will never forget her smile. She made us want to be better and she made us better. She was the rising tide that lifted all of us boats. We are so lucky to have had her and we will miss her more than anything.
We would also like to thank the derby community for their kind words and support over the last few days.
Please consider donating to Acid’s family to help with funeral expenses: https://www.gofundme.com/f/in-memory-of-zee-aria