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It is a shared pain that brings two mothers together. For Regina Davis and Tamara O'Neal it's been five months, and it still hurts.

'Some days are better than others, but every day [it hurts]' O'Neal said.

They are both mothers to two victims of the crash at Austin's South by Southwest festival in March.

One victim, Tish Davis, is alive to tell the tale; the other, her boyfriend Dre Tatum, is not.

'There's nothing anyone can say... anyone can do to ease my pain,' said O'Neal, Dre's mother.

Tish Davis was badly hurt, and her boyfriend DeAndre Tatum died after police say a drunken Rashad Owens plowed his car into a group of people at SXSW. It's a moment that plays vividly in Tish's head, and because of that she does not sleep very well anymore.

'So much goes through my head... like, 'How did this happen?' she said.

Attorney Keith Herbert of McKinney represents both families, and together they are pushing for answers.

Herbert sent letters to the City of Austin and to South By Southwest. The letter details how like Owens the city and event organizers are also at fault. They are claiming inadequate security and questionable police practices leading up to the crash.

Regina Davis said her daughter Tish hasn't been the same since the crash physically or emotionally.

'We both suffer together because to see her hurt, I'm hurt,' Davis said.

The city of Austin told the family they hope to meet with them and the 22 other victims of Owens' rampage. Austin officials issued this statement to News 8:

'This incident was a tragedy that is singular in the 27 year history of the SXSW festival. The safety and security of all our residents and visitors is our top priority year-round. We are thankful to our first responders who acted quickly to treat the victims and to arrest the person believed to be responsible. That individual is now charged with one count of capital murder, four counts of felony murder and 24 counts of aggravated assault.'

South by Southwest has already said the festival is not liable, according to Herbert. The city stands by its stellar track record over 27 years with the event.

We received this statement from Herbert:

'If you or I were to throw a huge days and nights long open house party inviting the entire neighborhood, over filling our home with people wall to wall spilling onto the yard and street, and we had invited bands to play and people to bring alcohol for all, while the police sat outside the house in cars watching for drunk drivers and then in a police chase some people in the neighborhood got killed... does anyone believe that no one would say the guy who threw the open house and the police have no repsonsibility for that tragedy?'

The families have not filed suit; they are waiting to see how the city responds to a tragedy that has deeply affected them.

'Just because it's never happened doesn't mean it was never going to happen,' O'Neal said.

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