March 21, 2018
Thankfully, we woke up this morning to news that the suspect in the Austin bombings is dead. These bombings over the past few weeks have left us all frightened and shaken. They shattered our sense of safety in our community.
They were acts of terror — regardless of the official definition, they felt like terrorism. And they’ve caused a terrible loss of life and pain for Austin families. That loss will always be with us.
But we’ll heal together. Our law enforcement professionals tell us that, even though the suspect is dead, we need to keep an eye out and pay attention to our surroundings. We need to reach out to our neighbors and make sure they’re aware.
And we need to provide love and support to those who have been directly affected. They are our family and their loss is profound. For them, this ordeal isn’t over.
Below are links to the online contribution accounts for Anthony Stephan House, who was killed in the first bombing on March 2 and leaves behind a wife and 8-year-old daughter, as well Draylen Mason, a 17-year-old budding musician killed on March 12. Draylen’s mother was also injured in the explosion.
Three other people have been injured in the bombings. Please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org if you know of ways we can help those folks, too.
We’ve got big hearts in Austin. Now is the time to share it with our neighbors whose lives have been forever changed.
And we owe a huge thanks to all the public safety professionals working this case as well as everyone supporting them. That includes folks from Austin police, fire and EMS and the local, state and federal partners that worked with them. I know we all deeply appreciate their tireless efforts.