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Rashad Owens faces even more charges in SXSW tragedy

Rashad Owens SXSW Red River crash
Rashad Owens faces new charges today. Photo by Austin Police Department

Rashad Owens, the 21-year-old Killeen man who allegedly drove his car into a crowd during SXSW, is facing even more charges this morning. According to the Travis County Sheriff's Office, Owens now faces 20 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

These latest charges come in addition to the capital murder charges brought against Owens by the Austin Police Department. Owens was charged on March 13 for the deaths of Jamie West and Steven Craenmeh. Sandy Le and DeAndre "Dre" Tatum later died of injuries sustained in the crash, bringing the death count to four.

According to police, Owens broke through a police barricade and drove through a crowd on Red River Street while attempting to evade a DUI stop. After his arrest, Owens blew a .114 during a Breathalyzer test.

In response to the tragedy, many in the community have rallied around victims of the crash. SXSW Cares, a donation-based fund established for victims and their families effected. As of March 31, the fund had raised more than $160,000 in donations and commitments.

Violet Crown Cinema has also set up a Fundrazr account for the West family. Evan, who works at the movie theater, was critically injured in the crash. His wife Jamie died at the scene. In addition to the more than $33,000 Violet Crown has raised for the family via community-funded donations, the cinema is also donating a portion of its revenue from March 28 to April 3 to help Evan and the West family.

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