An online fundraising campaign for the family of 17-year-old Draylen Mason, who was killed Monday in a package bombing, has raised more than $29,000 and gives new details on the horrific incident.
The YouCaring.com fundraiser had received 945 donations totaling $29,723 as of 1:50 p.m.
According to the page, Mason was “preparing for his morning workout with his mother Shamika Wilson” when the package exploded. Wilson was injured in the blast and was in stable condition as of Tuesday, it says. The page adds that Mason’s grandmother “watched as he took his last breath.”
“Our hearts grieve,” family members wrote. “We were preparing to send him off to the university of his choice, but now we are now faced with the need to plan a life celebrataion to honor his legacy as a member of the Austin Youth Orchestra, Austin Sound Waves and other community service organizations.”
Mason had been accepted to the University of Texas Butler School of Music, UT spokesman J.B. Bird said Tuesday.
In addition to being the principal double bass player in the Austin Youth Orchestra, Mason was also an “aspiring neurosurgeon and black belt martial artist,” according to the page.
Family members said donations would help rebuild Mason’s East Austin home, which they noted was heavily damaged in Monday’s blast and which they hoped to fix before Mason’s mother and grandmother return to it.
Liz Reilly of the SSPR public relations firm, which represents YouCaring, said the company had received confirmation from the Mason’s family members that the campaign was approved by the family.