This weekend there was an unfortunate event at the SXSW event in Houston, Texas. A drunk driver ran over a crowd of people, killing two. According to the report, the accused was attempting to evade the police, causing him to lose.
Quote from The Chicago Tribune: “A 21-year-old man from Killeen, Texas, is being held in connection with the deaths of two people at the South by Southwest festival, authorities said Thursday”.
Rashad Charjuan Owens was taken into custody Thursday morning and will face two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault, according to a spokeswoman for the Austin Police Department.
‘After talking with the Austin Police Department, we have determined that the most prudent course of action is to move forward with the South by Southwest shows scheduled at the Mohawk and Cheer Up Charlie’s tonight,” Swenson said in a statement. “If we were to turn away potentially thousands of people who will arrive to see the shows, it would create a serious safety issue. To avoid confusion we plan to carry on in order to serve our tens of thousands of participants during this tragic time.’
Police Chief Acevedo echoed Swenson, telling reporters, “We cannot allow one individual to ruin a celebration of life, of music.”
Mohawk owner James Moody added, “My staff and myself are broken hearted for not only the victims and families of this senseless tragedy but also for our beloved Red River and this entire community. We have spent today working with South by Southwest and the city to create a relief fund for the victims. This is our number one priority – their care and support. We are a community here that exists far beyond the 10 days of South by Southwest. Our intent is to come together to help the families of each and every one of the victims.”
For those interested in helping the victims and their families, resources are here:
SXSW Cares (#SXSWCares) The SXSW Cares Fund will help people affected by the tragic events of March 13, 2014. The funds will be disbursed to those most affected through a community-based process. Please donate at www.sxswcares.com”.
Regardless, SXSW continued for all music lovers to enjoy! Matter of fact, our sources say that it was one of the best in years!