AUSTIN, Texas – The Austin community is continuing to mourn the loss of a 17-year-old killed two weeks ago in the second package explosion in East Austin.
On Tuesday night, those who knew and loved Draylen Mason will gather to honor his memory. Friends, family, classmates and teachers are holding a candlelight vigil to remember a life taken too soon.
A gifted musician and a budding composer, Mason was a senior at East Austin College Prep. He was planning to go to the University of Texas at Austin to attend the prestigious Butler Music School. He also had dreams of being a neurosurgeon.
Mason's death hit the Austin classical music community hard. On Sunday, the Golden Hornet Youth Composer Concert debuted one of his compositions called "Hellfire."
The vigil will be at East Austin College Prep at 5800 E MLK Jr. Blvd starting at 6:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.
Mason’s relatives have set up a YouCaring page to help his family pay for the funeral and to repair their home in East Austin, which was severely damaged in the blast. So far, it has raised more than $100,000 over the $25,000 goal.
Draylen's funeral is on Saturday.
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