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On the Mend? SXSW Victims Trying to Move Forward After Tragedy

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AUSTIN, TX -- It was a year ago this week when tragedy struck at Austin's SXSW Festival.

“We was all walking next to each other, then all of a sudden we all got split up," Curtisha Davis said in a 2014 Interview.

Curtisha Davis and her boy friend Dre Tatum were among two dozen folks in the crowd when a car plowed through a barricade outside an Austin bar. The man accused of driving drunk and fleeing the scene was 21-year-old Rashad Owens.

Four people died of their injuries, including Tatum. “He should have never hit me, now I`m in this type of condition,” Davis said at the time.

That was a year ago. Her lawyer, Bill Curtis, told NewsFix Tish is recovering from her injuries, but is struggling emotionally over the loss of her boyfriend.

She, and other victims, are trying to move forward. They launched a legal fight trying to get SXSW to distribute money from a charitable fund that was supposed to help the victims.

So far, out of the $250,000 raised, Curtis says only $80,000 has been given to families of the dead and injured. He also says Tish’s family has only received $800 to help with rent and utilities.

NewsFix asked the Austin Community Foundation -- which is handling the South by Southwest Cares Fund -- but did not receive a response.

It’s been a year since the money was raised, and Tish and her attorney say they just want to know when the victims will receive almost $175,000 that is still sitting in the bank.

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