Did members here just know some of these guys IRL? Otherwise, how did they find out that the member passed away? I guess you could see their names in the paper, but it's unlikely that you'll just happen across a GTAF member's obituary in the paper who happens to live near you and recognize it and make that connection unless you knew the person well (let alone even knew the member's real name).
Funny enough, this is how we found out about a member's death on a forum I used to frequent. It wasn't an obituary either, it was news story about a drug deal gone wrong. I believe the paper described him as dying "in a rain of bullets."