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Posted: March 20, 2018

'Hold your leaders accountable': Chance the Rapper tweets about Austin bombings

Chance the Rapper performs during the second day of Lollapalooza Chile 2018 at Parque O'Higgins on March 17, 2018 in Santiago, Chile. (Photo by Marcelo Hernandez/Getty Images)
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Chance the Rapper performs during the second day of Lollapalooza Chile 2018 at Parque O'Higgins on March 17, 2018 in Santiago, Chile. (Photo by Marcelo Hernandez/Getty Images)

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By Amanda O'Donnell, Austin American-Statesman

Chance the Rapper took to Twitter on Tuesday to weigh in on the five bombings that have killed two and left five others injured in and around Austin.

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His tweet came after a package destined for Austin detonated at a FedEx facility in Schertz early Tuesday. If a connection is confirmed, the package would be the fifth in a series of related bombings.

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The Chicago rapper tweeted, “Someone is serial murdering Black and Latino men and women in Texas right now,” and told followers to “Hold your leaders accountable,” saying that “elected officials should be talking about this.”

The first two bombs were received as packages and killed 39-year-old Anthony Stephan House and 17-year-old Draylen Mason. Both victims were black. Mason’s mother was also injured.

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The third explosion, also a package bomb, injured 75-year-old Esperanza Herrera, who is Latina. 

Initially, investigators reported considering the possibility that the bomber was targeting ethnic minorities and said they could not rule out a hate crime. However, the two men injured in the fourth explosion, which was triggered by a trip wire, were white. 

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Although the motive behind the bombs remains unclear, the trip wire setup was seen as an “unsettling move toward apparently random attacks.”

>> See complete coverage of the Austin bombings from the Austin American-Statesman


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