Two members of the promising Fort Worth-based country act,The Will Callers
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, were killed on Thursday afternoon in a head-on collision on I-35W.
Austin-dwelling band members Bradley Kyle Schroeder, 33, and Chase Monks, 26, were driving north on I-35W to Fort Worth for a gig when Brian Jesus Marquez, 36, of Denton was driving south and drifted onto the shoulder of the highway before over-correcting and driving across the median, striking the front, driver's side of Schroeder's car. Police officers pronounced the musicians and long-time friends dead on the scene.
According to the band's Facebook page, Schroeder's funeral will be held in Austin on Wednesday. Monks' funeral will be held on Thursday.
Tragic news, to be sure--especially in light of the band's recent successes. The band has impressed in its quest to win the Shiner Rising Star competition we've been covering each week, and had even earned a slot in Thursday's upcoming finals. It's doubtful the band will continue to compete, although, in an inspiring turn, band booking agent Trey Newman tells Preston Jones of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the Will Callers, despite having lost half of its players, will not dissolve.