Family friend of youngest bombing victim: 'He took an angel'
Family friends of the youngest victim of the Austin package bombings, 17-year-old Draylen Mason, are speaking out Tuesday to share more about the incredible young life cut short.
Fire Dragon Martial Arts Institute Grandmaster, Moses Williams, said Draylen has been a student since he was about 5 years old.
"He was just an outstanding young man," said Williams. "I consider him as my Godson."
He was a multi-level black belt and became a teacher at the martial arts studio in Pflugerville.
Williams said Draylen was always determined to succeed at whatever he did and was very disciplined.
"Draylen was the most respectful young man I ever met in my life," said Williams.
According to a spokesperson at the University of Texas at Austin, Draylen was also just accepted into the Butler School of Music in UT's College of Fine Arts, in Music Performance The university said admission is highly competitive.
Williams told CBS Austin Draylen played several instruments, effortlessly.
"He's gone, but he's not forgotten," said Williams. "The Lord has him. And right now, I can hear him playing his fiddle, his bass, whatever instrument the Lord has for him. He took an angel from us and I'm not going to forget that."
Williams said his martial arts studio plans to honor Draylen with a yearly scholarship in his name. He said he will miss Draylen's smile, that lit up any room he walked into.
Williams also hopes police work swiftly and bring the person responsible to justice
"Draylen didn't deserve to die like that when he had his whole life ahead of him," said Williams.
Draylen was his mother's only child, according to Williams. Right now, he said his focus is on helping her get through this nightmare.
"He took an angel," said Williams. "He took our son in martial arts. He took a son from his mom. I'm going to miss my boy."
Draylen's mother, who was also injured in the explosion in the 4800 block of Oldfort Hill Drive around 6:44 a.m., is in stable condition, according to Austin Police Chief, Brian Manley.