March 14, 2014 15:48

Man arrested in fatal SXSW incident revealed to be rapper due to play show on same night as crash

Rashad Owens, 21, raps under the name KillingAllBeatz

Man arrested in fatal SXSW incident revealed to be rapper due to play show on same night as crash

Photo: Bell County Sherriff's Office

The sole suspect in the fatal incident at SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas, this week is a rapper who was due to perform in the city on the same night as his arrest.

Named by Austin Police Department as Rashad Owens, the 21 year old of Killeen, Texas raps under the name KillingAllBeatz and was scheduled to play a late-night show at Club 1808 on Wednesday night (March 13) before the incident in which two people were killed and a further 23 were injured.

The American Statesman reports that Owens has had several misdemeanor arrests in Bell County and Alaska. Speaking to the publication, Owens' brother Lamar Wilson said he was in shock at the news and saw his relative just hours before the incident. Wilson said that Owens had borrowed the grey Honda he was driving from a friend named Andrew Bramwell though it has been reported that Bramwell, a soldier, reported the vehicle stolen on Thursday morning at his army barracks in Killeen.

"I can't grasp it. I can't believe it," Wilson said. "Everything was going good. We were just there trying to perform, and it made a whole other turn." The Statesman also spoke to Owens' grandma, who said she was stunned by the news, adding that he was a good man who was attempting to provide for his six children, aged between two years and five months old. "I pray. I pray. I pray," the grandmother said. "He is good. He is so good. Whatever happened was out of his control, I am sure."

The names of those killed in the crash have been named as Steven Craenmehr, 35, from Amsterdam, who worked for the MassiveMusic music agency and local woman Jamie Ranae West, 27. Austin Police Department have also released names of most of those injured, their ages ranging from 17 to 29.

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