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Family 'traumatised' after taxi owner, son shot dead in Berea

Family 'traumatised' after taxi owner, son shot dead in Berea

The family of suspected Austin bomber Mark Anthony Conditt said they were stunned and "broken" that he was behind the deadly bombings in Austin over the last month.

"These people are hurting and will have to bury their son in pieces, their family is good", she said.

"We had no idea of the darkness that Mark must have been in".

Authorities had previously begged for information following three isolated residential attacks with small package bombs, a blast on a street in an Austin neighborhood and an explosion at a FedEx facility near San Antonio from a package sent from and meant to reach Austin.

"Our family is a normal family in every way".

CNN reports Shanee has been in touch with the Conditt family in Pflugerville, who she says is also devastated. "We have been humbled by the overwhelming support of the community and of those who loved Draylen as we did", wrote the family. Right now our prayers are for those families that have lost loved ones, for those impacted in any way, and for the soul of our Mark.

Mark Anthony Conditt, 24, who blew himself up when officers began chasing his vehicle, was "from a family that is so tight, that works so hard to raise their children correctly", his grandmother, Mary Conditt, told CNN from her home in Colorado. "We are grieving and we are in shock".

The six bombings ― five in Austin and one at a FedEx center near San Antonio ― kept residents and law enforcers on high alert throughout the month.

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Police are still concerned that other packages may have already been sent or placed elsewhere in the city and warned the public to stay vigilant in reporting suspicious items.

In the 25-minute recording suspect Mark Conditt described the seven devices used including the four that exploded in Austin, one that detonated at a FedEx facility in Schertz, one retrieved from a FedEx facility in Southeast Austin unexploded and the one he detonated in his auto as he killed himself Wednesday, Austin interim police Chief Brian Manley said.

Law enforcement sources quickly identified the suspect as Conditt, who neighbors confirmed lived in the Austin suburb of Pflugerville.

Crux Manufacturing hired Conditt about four years ago when he was 19.

Investigators do not suspect foul play at this time.

A detective with the Austin Police Department said Conditt's family members have been very cooperative during this ongoing investigation and "wanted to express their condolences to the families of those that have been affected".

Gov. Greg Abbott (R) told Fox News Wednesday morning that authorities still hadn't determined the motive. "We're asking for the community and everybody to come together with us and stand with us and with these families who have different stories of going through the system and being neglected", organizers said.


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