“From everything I’ve heard about Draylen, he was an outstanding young man who was going places with his life,” Manley said.
“And it’s an absolute tragedy that he is no longer with us.”
He added, “We have lost two lives in this community and we have an additional two that have been forever changed.”
Draylen’s mother was wounded, however she is currently in stable condition.
As the Daily Mail reported, Draylen was an honor roll student and an aspiring musician, while his grandfather Norman Mason was a renowned dentist with strong community ties. In addition, Mason’s grandmother LaVonne Mason broke ground as the co-founder of the Austin chapter of the National Urban League.
As we previously reported, earlier this month, packages were left on porches and/or in of front yards overnight that had had no markings indicating they were shipped by the U.S. Postal Service or other services before they exploded.
Anthony Stephan House, a 39-year-old African-American man, was also killed after the first blast on March 2.
A reward of $65,000 is being offered to anyone who has any information leading to an arrest of the deaths.
Currently, Austin police don’t know the motive behind the bombings, but it’s clear that they targeted people of color.
“Are you trying to say something to prominent African American families?” said Freddie Dixon, the stepfather of Anthony Stephan House that was killed on March 2.
“I don’t know who they’ve been targeting, but for sure, they went and got one of my best friend’s grandson. Somebody knew the connection.”
This is a developing story and we will provide updates as they become available.