Vigils honor victims of South By Southwest tragedy

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by TODD UNGER

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Posted on March 16, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 16 at 11:43 PM

Austin's week-long South by Southwest festival is now over, but the mourning and the healing continued Sunday.

A vigil in Austin was held at the Mohawk, not far from where tragedy struck last week.  Nearly two dozen were injured and two others were killed when a suspected drunk driver plowed through festivities at the event.

The vigil there on Sunday honored Steven Craenmehr of the Netherlands. He was riding his bicycle when he was hit and killed.

An emotional gathering also took place 170 miles away at Trimble Tech, a high school in Fort Worth. Three of those seriously hurt in the incident have close ties to the school.

Tish Davis, 17, and Dre Tatum, 18, are still hospitalized. Tatum suffered brain damage and is in the intensive care unit in a medically induced coma.

Davis suffered broken bones and received dozens of stitches, but is expected to make a full recovery.

Her closest friend, Chassity McLean, visited with her on Saturday.

"She was actually walking yesterday, taking steps at a time," Mclean said at the vigil.

A third Fort Worth victim, Erica Hall, described the horrific scene to News 8 on Friday. "I seen people getting CPR, blood everywhere, bodies," she said. "I saw a lot that was really shocking to me. I've seen it on TV but I'm here... and it's happening."

Hall and Davis are senior at Trimble Tech.  Tatum graduated last year.

Close to two dozen friends and alumni gathered in prayer and listened to song at the vigil Sunday.

The driver in the tragedy is rapper Rashad Owens, who has a criminal history. Police said he intentionally drove into the crowds on a street that had been closed to traffic.

Owens is charged with capital murder, with bail set at $3 million.

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