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UPDATE — The family of the second bombing victim hurt when a tripwire bomb went off in Travis Country neighborhood has set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for expenses.

William Grote III, 22, was riding a bike on the sidewalk on March 18 with his friend Colton Mathes walking alongside when they tripped the bomb, which was in a package on one side of the path and possibly attached to a sign on the other. 

According to the fundraising page, Grote is recovering from nerve damage and has spent two weeks in rehab. He will continue physical therapy. He’s an avid cyclist and hiker, and hopes to return to those activities.

“We are eternally grateful for the love and support and know we are more than blessed to have son home,” the page said.

UPDATE — The family of the fourth bombing victim, Colton Mathes, 23, has also now created a fundraising page for him.

Mathes was walking with his friend William Grote in Travis Country when a tripwire bomb went off near them on March 18.

Mathes’s family said he was rushed into surgery and suffered injuries to both of his legs and feet.

He’s now in a rehabilitation center and using a wheelchair as he recovers.

EARLIER — Anthony Stephan House was killed outside his house in northeast Austin by a package bomb on March 2.

He left behind his wife, Shannon, and their 8-year-old daughter, according to a GoFundMe page.

The fundraising page has raised more than its $60,000 goal.

“Even with insurances, savings, etc., finances will be tough for his wife and daughter as they attempt to put their lives back together without Stephan,” a description on the page says.

Draylen Mason, 17, was a talented musician on his way to the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin.

He was killed when a package bomb exploded inside his east Austin home — which also injured his mother.

A YouCaring.com fundraising page for Mason’s family has raised more than $116,000, well over its $25,000 goal.

“Draylen was preparing for his morning workout with his mother, Shamika Wilson, when they both became victims. His grandmother, Sandra Jones, watched as he took his last breath,” the page says.

The family will use the funds to repair the “extensively damaged” home, allowing Masons’ grandmother to return.

Esperanza Hope Herrera, 75, was severely injured when a bomb blew up on Galindo Street. A GoFundMe page has been set up for her.

On the page, her grandson says she’s had multiple surgeries and still has several more to go. He says Herrera suffered internal injuries from metal shrapnel, both of her legs are broken, two fingers had to be amputated and her kneecap is shattered. 

Within just the first 13 hours of launching the page, more than $42,000 in donations have already poured in. 

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