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​'Violent weekend': Austin tops last January's murders with two double homicides, stabbing over weekend

Austin Police are investigating two double homicides and a separate stabbing death that occurred over the weekend in Austin. (Austonia file photo)

Austin police are now investigating two double homicides and a separate stabbing death after a "violent weekend" left five dead in the city.

The latest victim in a Sunday night shooting was declared dead Monday afternoon after they were sent to the hospital in critical condition. The shooting left another dead at the scene near the I-35 Frontage Road near Delmar Avenue at around 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Both deaths come after a double homicide and separate stabbing death that took place on Saturday.

No suspect description or arrest has been made for the Saturday night stabbing. The suspect for the Saturday double homicide has been identified as 31-year-old Yong Yoon Kim, who called police after shooting and killing 19-year-olds Nathan Limoge and Christopher Rivers at 11:45 a.m. in a parking lot at Burnet Road & Anderson Lane.

Kim told police that he acted in self-defense, but police have charged Kim with capital murder and booked him into the Travis County Jail with no bond due to "contrary accounts" from eyewitnesses on the scene.

Hours earlier, the first homicide of the weekend occurred when Michael Martin O'Brien was stabbed and found by Austin-Travis County EMS with life-threatening injuries on the 400 block of E. 6th St. at around 2:47 a.m. Saturday. O'Brien died due to multiple stab wounds later that morning.

Police have been told that the stabbing occurred after a fight broke out in a nearby alley. No suspect has been identified, but homicide detectives have been told by several witnesses that a white man wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and a red baseball cap fled the scene as police arrived.

“Unfortunately, this has been a rather violent weekend here in Austin that has resulted in multiple homicides having occurred over the weekend,” APD's Michael Bullock said told the media Monday.

Before this weekend, Austin had three reported homicides for 2022. Now, the number has risen to eight, higher than the total for all of January 2021. Austin had five homicides for all of January 2021 in a year that saw record-breaking homicide numbers and near-record homicide rates.

Police are asking anyone with information or videos of the incidents to email, call the Crime Stoppers tip line at 512-472-8477 or use the Crime Stoppers app. Tips can be anonymous, and police said those that give information that leads to an arrest for the Saturday stabbing could receive a reward of up to $1,000.


With deposition and trial looming, Elon Musk has offered $44B for Twitter, again

Elon Musk has proposed once again to buy Twitter for $54.20 a share.

The news that Musk is offering to carry on with the $44 billion buyout was first reported by Bloomberg. Now, a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows Musk made the proposal in a letter to the tech giant on Monday.

The New York Stock Exchange temporarily halted trading in Twitter stock twice Tuesday, first because of a big price move and the second time for a news event, presumably the announcement of Musk's renewed offer.

While the per share offer price on this latest proposal remains the same as the original offer, it’s unclear if Musk has made other term changes or if Twitter would reject it. According to other reports, a deal could be reached this week.

The stock closed at $52.00/share Tuesday, indicating market uncertainty around the $54.20 offer.

After Musk informed Twitter of plans to terminate the original agreement in July, Twitter sued. A trial has been expected in Delaware Chancery Court on Oct. 17.

With the proposition of a buyout on the table again, it revives the question of whether Musk might move Twitter from San Francisco to Central Texas.

He’s done so with some of his other companies. Tesla’s headquarters in southeast Travis County had its grand opening earlier this year and tunneling business The Boring Company moved to Pflugerville. At least two other Musk companies, SpaceX and Neuralink, have a Central Texas presence without being headquartered here.

Technology journalist Nilay Patel this afternoon voiced concerns that owning Twitter and Tesla together could be problematic for Musk, as his Tesla manufacturing facilities in Germany and China are both in countries that have disputes with Twitter over content moderation and censorship.

Telsa shares fell after the Twitter news became public, before rallying to close up, at $249.44.

Austin rents nearly double in a year and are now in the top 5 nationwide

While searching for a place to live, Austin renters will face monthly rates of nearly $3,000, a recent guide from rental marketplace Dwellsy shows.

The median rent in August this year was $2,930, a more than 86% increase since August 2021. That’s $820 more than the nationwide median asking rent in August and puts Austin just below the Bay Area, Boston and New York for large cities with the most expensive asking rent.

“Within this group, Austin, TX stands out for the highest increases in asking rent, which has nearly doubled since this time last year,” the study notes.

Outside of those large cities, however, others are seeing even higher rent spikes. Metro areas that ranked above Austin in one-year increases include those like Kansas City, MO with a 112% change in rent since last August and Tucson, AZ with a 124% change.

The data reflects large apartment communities, single-family homes and 2-6 unit buildings.