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Community gathers to remember Draylen Mason

Step by step through East Austin neighborhoods, friends, classmates, and neighbors gathered and marched Friday evening to honor Draylen Mason, the 17-year-old boy who died in an explosion Monday. (CBS Austin)

Step by step through East Austin neighborhoods, friends, classmates, and neighbors gathered and marched Friday evening to honor Draylen Mason, the 17-year-old boy who died in an explosion Monday.

In an emotional night, they gathered at East Austin College Prep, where Draylen was going to graduate this year.

Classmates say he was a passionate and skilled musician with a bright future.

CBS Austin approached several classmates, but they did not want to talk on camera because they were too emotional.

“We're handling it. We're making it through it. And we're making sure they're healing," said Fatima Mann, the co-founder of Counter Balance ATX, and organizer of the gathering. “It's a struggle. No one is doing well. No one is fine. No one is okay. No one is any less hurt than when they first heard the news."

People at the gathering say because all of the victims of the three package explosions are people of color, they believe these explosions are hate crimes.

Community members also wanted to use tonight to send a message: They want justice for Draylen.

“Draylen could be alive. A grandmother could be with her grandchild, but she's not," Mann said.

Chief Manley says there are more than 300 federal agents solely devoted to investigating these explosions.

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