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South by Southwest community mourns crash victims

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Less than a day after a suspected drunken driver plowed through a crowd of concert-goers along Red River Street, killing two, the South by Southwest community is coming together to mourn those affected by the tragedy.

A special prayer service for those affected is being held at St. David’s Episcopal Church, located at East Eighth Street and San Jacinto Boulevard.

Jeanie Sablatura, a spokeswoman for the church, said Rev. Bob Gribble will lead the prayer service in the church’s Labyrinth Garden. The public is welcome to participate.

Rev. Katie Wright said the group will pray for those who died, for their families, for the injured and in thanks for the city’s emergency responders.

“We said early on, ‘What can we do as a community to help our whole community respond to this?’” Rev. Katie Wright said. “This is what we do. We pray.”

St. David’s Epsicopal has been an official South by Southwest venue for seven years.

Along Red River Street, where police say 21-year-old Rashad Owens plowed through dozens of people, mourners have begun to lay flowers in remembrance of the two people killed.

Police said the Austin resident who was killed in the crash was 27-year-old Jamie West. She was on a moped when she was hit.

A statement from MassiveMusic's Facebook page revealed the other person killed was 35-year-old Steven Craenmehr of the Netherlands, who was riding a bicycle at the time.

Three victims remain in critical condition from the crash. Six others are still in the hospital in conditions ranging from good to fair. Fifteen were treated and released.

Owens is being held in the the Travis County Jail. Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said Owens will be charged with two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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