Oldfort Hills Drive neighbors shaken by package bomb death on their street
Authorities are investigating an explosion involving a package bomb left on a doorstep on Oldfort Hill Drive. And no one was more surprised about the early Monday morning blast than the people who live on that street.
This is an older middle class neighborhood in East Austin and some of the families out here have lived in the same house for decades. Cynthia Burdett certainly was within earshot when the device detonated. She says, "I live across the street from where it happened, directly across the street."
And she immediately knew it trouble … but wasn’t sure from where. Burdett recalls, "There was this loud boom noise. I heard it and it woke me up. I thought maybe it was my heater had exploded. I got up but i didn't look outside. Next thing I knew police were knocking at my door."
The police came followed by all manner of first responders up to and including the FBI, all of them focused on the house across the street. Burdett says, "The grandmother lives there and her daughter lives there. That's the one I've heard is in serious condition in the hospital. And the grandson."
The grandson's name was Draylen Mason. He was killed when the package went off in the kitchen. According to his cousin’s posts on Twitter, Draylen was super smart, athletic and multi-talented. A wonderful life cut short by an act of violence.
We asked Burdett if it was a surprise to have a blast like this in the neighborhood. She replied, "Oh yes. Total surprise. This is a quiet neighborhood, families, very quiet neighborhood. It was a shock."
And neighbors on Oldfort Hill Drive now want authorities to find who did it. Neighbor Jay Brewer says, "I hope whoever the coward is -- or cowards -- I hope they catch them pretty soon."
They're also asking for prayers for the family affected.
There is one more thing the neighbors here are asking for … prayers for the families affected.