Posted in music on March 14, 2014

(via @David Armano)

After the tragic events of Wednesday night (3/12), SXSW -- and the venues on Red River where it happened -- has continued. Stereogum's Thursday day party at Mohawk was canceled but the venue (and neighboring Cheer Up Charlies) reopened at 7 PM. Said SXSW:

After talking with the Austin Police Department, we have determined that the most prudent course of action is to move forward with the SXSW shows scheduled at the Mohawk and Cheer Up Charlie's...if we were to turn away potentially thousands of people who will arrive to see the shows, it would create a serious safety avoid confusion we plan to carry on in order to serve our tens of thousands of participants during this tragic time.
Many performers on Thursday around Austin mentioned the incident, offering salutes and dedications in the victims honor. And there was also a moment of silence at midnight last night to honor those injured and killed. It was definitely on everyone's minds and a constant topic of conversation and puzzlement everywhere you went. SXSW rolled on, but returned to normal, definitely not.

SXSW has set up a benefit fund called SXSW Cares and "funds will be disbursed to those most affected through a community-based process to be created by representatives of SXSW, the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau and the City of Austin with the Austin Community Foundation." More info is here, and if you'd like to donate, you can do so here.

In other news, the name of the suspect in the incident -- which killed two people and injured 23 others when a car was driven through a crowd of people on barricaded-off Red River on Wednesday -- has been released. Twenty-one-year-old Rashad Charjuan Owen will be charged with capital murder and aggravated assault with a vehicle.



Tags: SXSW

Comments (14)

22 with 6 kids and now facing the death penalty

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2014 11:11 AM

"Owens was asked to pull over at a sobriety check point and instead allegedly sped away from a police car. He smashed through a police barricade and then plowed down people, some of them lined up outside the Mohawk club, over a span of two blocks. Witnesses said victims were flying in the air after being struck."

Yeah, the poor 22 year old, who showed blatant disregard for both police authority and the rights that his now dead victims had to their lives.

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2014 11:21 AM

Party nigga is going to be in a Texas prison for a long time.

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2014 12:08 PM

He is actually a rapper that was scheduled to perform at SXSW. I guess he will now get a record contract when he gets out in a decade, because that is what the hip-hop community values.

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2014 12:56 PM

i hope they broadcast his execution on the interweb...

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2014 1:48 PM

12:56 - Way to generalize dickhead. Oh...and this guy ain't getting out.

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2014 4:11 PM

damn texas doesn't fuck around

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2014 6:26 PM

I'm all for strong law enforcement, but this guy is so young that I hope he doesn't get the needle. I don't know about you all, but I did some pretty dumb ass shit when I was 22, only I didn't get caught. Then again, I didn't kill anybody, but I'm sure this guy didn't wake up that morning fixing to do that either.

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2014 7:15 PM

They should execute him, firing range style, in front of Mohawks. Don't waste any money on court or jail. He committed a terrible, unforgivable act and should be made an example out of.

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2014 12:01 AM

invite the victims and perp to the bv day party and give them drink tickets and pizza or Dorito bag slop.

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2014 1:32 AM

Hate crime pure and simple. Imagine if some crazy hipster drove into a crowd of blacks at the Afropunk fest- pussy boy Spike Lee and fat slob Al Sharpton would be screaming bloody murder. And this lowlife has shit out 6 6 little bastards already? wow, just fucking wow. They should all neutered and/ or spayed.

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2014 8:46 AM

this will give his career gangsta thug cred and he will be bigger than ever.

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2014 9:18 AM

You should already know the evil reptoid anti human military's use of directed energy weapons take out pedestrians. Sue the new world nazi order government.

Posted by Truth | March 18, 2014 7:30 AM

"Men sleep peacefully in their beds at night
because rough men stand ready
to do violence on their behalf."

George Orwell

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 7:49 AM

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