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Home of first Austin bombing victim gets facelift

CBS Austin

More than a month after a homemade bomb killed 39-year-old Anthony House on his front porch in Northeast Austin, nails and shrapnel from the explosion were still scattered across the front of his home and lawn Saturday morning.

That’s why volunteers and a group of realtors with the Roman-Lopez Real Estate team banded together to make repairs with the help of donations from the Cedric Benson Foundation – a non-profit run by former UT football player Cedric Benson.

"I'm very much looking forward to this being complete and seeing them walk up to the house and kind of be relieved,” Benson said.

For the Roman-Lopez Real Estate group, the clean-up effort was personal. They say House and his family were former clients of theirs.

"When we saw what happened to them, we decided to rush directly to their aid,” said Neela Beddoe, a spokesperson for the Roman-Lopez Real Estate team. "We also have some lighting fixtures that we're going to replace, and we also have some dry wall we're going to fix on the inside of the home."

Beddoe and her team also added new flowers to the yard and replaced the front door with a brand new one picked out by House’s family. Volunteers hope the new facelift will make the home a more peaceful place for House’s wife and eight-year-old daughter to return back to.

House’s mother set up a GoFundMe page to help out with expenses. You can donate here.

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