Reports are now surfacing that a man came across the inflamed jet and saw the former Blink-182 drummer and DJ stomping and swatting to try and extinguish the flames by ripping the clothing from their bodies.
“We turned to the jet to try and see if there was anything we could do, but immediately, there was nothing anyone could do,” William Owens told CNN affiliate WIS in Columbia, South Carolina. “I felt ill or sick to think that these lives were snuffed out at that point.”
Both were said to be in critical, but stable condition last night, with extensive burns.
An eonline.com report says that a friend of DJ AM’s said that he is “really really badly burned, with burns over at least 50 percent of his body – mostly on his face,” whereas Travis’s are “mostly from the waist down.”
UPDATE #3: Mourners have gathered at Travis’ store Fast Life in Los Angeles. Travis’s friend and assistant who was killed in the crash, Chris “Lil’ Chris” Baker, managed the store.
Spotted at around 1 p.m., people gathered at the store, and a motorcycle adorned with yellow flowers and a t-shirt was placed outside.
Staff working at Fast Life declined to comment, but sources say that the vibe inside was shocked and somber.
“There’s no music on, people are sitting or standing quietly,” one insider said. “The staff is shuffling stock around the floor.”