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Death at SXSW

Posted on | March 14, 2014 | 12 Comments


Rashad Charjuan Owens, 21, the driver in a deadly downtown wreck who police suspected of driving drunk, will be charged with two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle after the car plowed through a crowded street full of people waiting for a South by Southwest concert, according to police.
An Austin woman riding on the back of a moped and a man from the Netherlands on a bicycle were killed when the car hit a crowd of people outside Mohawk. More than 20 others taken to the hospital.
The Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office said 27-year-old Jamie West of Austin was killed after Owens’ car slammed into a moped she was riding on.
According to a post on, one of the victim’s was 35-year-old Steven Craenmehr. “This is an irreplaceable loss for the MassiveMusic family and we are grateful for the years we spent with him,” the statement said. Craenmehr was on a bicycle at the time of the crash.
Two people remained in critical condition, and three others had serious injuries and were being treated at area hospitals, Austin-Travis County EMS Chief of Staff James Shamard said.


  • Becca Lower

    Did you happen to catch the fact that this dirtbag’s a “musician”?

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  • Privacy Violation

    Well, now, he also works at a Subway in Killeen. Not sure we can determine which profession made him mow down a crowd of pedestrians. 😉

    But his stage name is KillingAllBeatz. Yikes. It may be time to ban “Assault Rappers” (or at least Assault Music Festivals).

    What made my jaw drop was that he’s 21 and has 6 children already. That’s a lot of overtime slapping Turkey Melts together to support that many kids.

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  • Finrod Felagund

    Well, you’re making the assumption that he actually supports those kids.

  • Privacy Violation

    Didn’t make that assumption, was being facetious. He’d have to break out of the time-space continuum & make 13,000 Meatball Marinara Supremes per hour to support that many kids. 😉

  • Privacy Violation

    I don’t expect anybody else to agree with me on this because maybe they can’t see past the dreadlocks or something, but we all see a lot of pictures of perps everyday and they look like perps – their eyes seem empty & dead.

    This guy seems so normal to me in all the pictures the local media is releasing, though.

    He looks like a nice boy, like somebody I’d know & it’s all the more haunting to me because of it. My heart breaks for his family as well as the victims’.

  • K-Bob

    *note to self* Scratch SXSW. Go to Burning Man.

  • Bozikek

    HE a goood boy, he dida do nuthin!

  • Greg Hlatky

    Rapper. 21 years old. Six children.