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Crime Teen killed by bomb in Austin remembered as ‘very intelligent'

21:41  13 march  2018
21:41  13 march  2018 Source:   nydailynews.com

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A 17-year-old musician described as “insightful and mature” was killed by a package bomb that exploded at his Austin home on Monday.

Draylen Mason died 10 days after Anthony Stephan House was killed in another local bombing that police believe is connected to Monday’s attack.

Mason was a bassist and member of at least three musical groups, including Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Austin Youth Orchestra and Austin Soundwaves, according to his Facebook page.

The East Austin College Prep student was remembered as an academic standout with a promising future in an outpouring of online condolences Tuesday.

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In 2013, he won the Hispanic Bar Association of Austin essay contest.

His winning submission reportedly addressed racial profiling.

Authorities work on the scene of an explosion in Austin on Monday, March 12, 2018. Two package bomb blasts a few miles apart killed Draylen Mason and wounded two women in Austin on Monday, less than two weeks after a similar attack left a man dead in another part of the Texas capital. © Ricardo B. Brazziell/AP Authorities work on the scene of an explosion in Austin on Monday, March 12, 2018. Two package bomb blasts a few miles apart killed Draylen Mason and wounded two women in Austin on Monday, less than two weeks after a similar attack left a man dead in another part of the Texas capital.

“I had the honor to meet Draylen Mason in 2013 after he won the Hispanic Bar essay contest. His essay was on racial profiling and was so insightful and mature for such a young man,” said former Austin City Council Member Mike Martinez in a Facebook post late Monday.

Sheryl Cole, who is running for state representative in Texas, also mourned the teenager’s passing.

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“Our community has lost a bright star with so much potential today - Draylen Mason, you will be mourned,” she wrote.

He had performed with the Austin Soundwaves six days ago, writing that “Tonight’s concert was just incredible!” on social media. “I’m so blessed to be given the opportunity to play a concerto in front of my peers.”

He also participated in the National Take a Stand Festival and gushed about rehearsing with Los Angeles Philharmonic bassist Oscar Meza.

During the summers, Mason worked at his grandfather’s dental office. A receptionist at Norman L. Mason’s offices described Draylen Mason as a “precious young man.”

“He was very, very intelligent,” she told the Daily News. “He was a good young man.”

Mason was the dentist’s only grandchild, according to the receptionist, named Hope.

His grandmother, LaVonne Mason, is co-founder of the Austin Area Urban League.

Two people have been killed and another two have been injured by three package bombs left at Austin homes since March 2.

Police believe the attacks are related and are investigating them as possible hate crimes.

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