Yesterday we reported on the horrible news about a drunk driver running over innocent pedestrians where he killed two people, injured twenty-three, and critically injured five at SXSW music festival. As of yesterday there was not a suspect named for the accident, but the police have now revealed the identity of the culprit.
According to police, the suspect is identified as 21- year old Rashad Charjuan Owens, who happens to be an aspiring rapper.
“The suspect identified is 21-year old Rashad Charjuan Owens, reports say. Owens happens to be an aspiring rapper, who adopted the moniker KillingAllBeatz or K.A.B254, and was actually slated to perform at SXSW on Thursday at 1 A.M. at the East Austin club. Owens is the father of six children. His brother, Lamar Wilson, said that Owens had borrowed a friend’s car, Andrew Bramwell. However, Bramwell apparently reported the car stolen on Thursday morning.” (HNHH)
The suspects brother said he was shocked by the news about the incident.
“Wilson was shocked by the news, saying of his brother, “He’s a real good dude, he was in college and making music, and was trying to live regular.” Owen’s grandmother echoed these sentiments, saying, “He is good. He is so good. …Whatever happened was out of his control, I am sure.” “(HNHH)
The organizers of SXSW have released an official statement on the incident.
“The SXSW staff is stunned and deeply moved by the events of last night.
Dozens of us were on the scene when the incident occurred and we worked closely with APD to create a perimeter around the area, turning back all the visitors spilling out of the clubs who headed north on Red River Street.
To avoid confusion we plan to carry on with our scheduled daytime events at the Austin Convention Center in order to serve our tens of thousands of participants during this tragic time.
All of the SXSW staff and volunteers reported for their regular duties this morning and will continue working today on the event.
We are contacting all of the venues to find out if they have made any decisions about their operations that might impact our visitors.
Despite all of our preparations for dealing with a major incident during SXSW, nothing could really prepare us for how this feels. As much as we would like to go home and spend time absorbing the shock of this horrific event, we feel our best use is to continue to operate today.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured and with the families of the fatalities.”