Ezra Blount, 9, is the latest to die from injuries sustained during Travis Scott’s performance at the Astroworld festival on November 5.
HOUSTON – The death toll has risen to 10 in the Astroworld festival tragedy. We learned on Sunday night that 9-year-old Ezra Blount died of injuries sustained during Travis Scott’s concert on November 5th.
Ezra’s death was announced by his family’s lawyer on Sunday, November 14.
Here is what we know about the 10 people who died.
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We learned of the passing of Ezra Blount, 9, on November 14. Family attorney Ben Crump sent a statement announcing his death. Ezra has been on a ventilator and in a induced coma since being seriously injured at the concert.
Ezra’s aunt told us that the child was an outgoing performer who loved to sing and dance. Travis Scott is his favorite rapper, so his dad Treston took him to the concert.
Here is the statement from the law firm Crump: âThe Blount family mourn the incomprehensible loss of their precious young son tonight. It shouldn’t have been the result of taking their son to a concert, which should have been a happy celebration. Ezra’s death is absolutely heartbreaking. We are committed to seeking answers and justice for the Blount family. But tonight, we stand together with the family, in sorrow and in prayer. ”
Fourteen-year-old John Hilgert was a ninth grade student at Memorial High School, according to Spring Branch ISD.
His family said he had a passion for baseball and golf with his father.
âJohn represented the energy and benevolent love to be with his friends who have been so strongly expressed by so many since his passing. It is impossible for our hearts to understand that we will never be with him again, âsaid dad Chris Hilgert.
âThe pain of our loss on behalf of our son John who did not come home alive from an event like this is intolerable. He was a handsome young man who just wanted to enjoy his first gig with friends, with whom he loved spending time more than anything else.
Brianna Rodriguez, 16, is a Houston resident who attended Heights High School at HISD.
Brianna performed with the dance team and was a member of the group.
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Jacob Jurinek, 20, died after attending the festival with Franco Patino, another of the deceased victims. The two would have been best friends, according to CBS Chicago.
Jurinek was originally from Naperville, Ill., And a student at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
The Southern Illinoisan newspaper reported that Jurinek was studying advertising and journalism in college and had designed athletics posters and social media banners at the SIU.
“We are heartbroken to lose a member of the Saluki family, Jacob Jurinek, and we extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends,” SIU Chancellor Austin A. Lane said in a statement. âJacob was a creative and intelligent young man with a promising career in journalism and advertising. As we mourn this loss in our community, we will keep Jacob’s family and friends in our thoughts.
The University of Dayton has confirmed that mechanical engineering technology student Franco Patino, 21, was among those killed during the Astroworld festival.
Patino was an elder from Naperville, Illinois. He obtained a minor in biomechanics of human movement.
According to school officials, he was a member of the Alpha Psi Lambda, a fraternity of Hispanic interest. Patino was active in Greek campus life, as well as the local MEC community. He was a member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers at UD, participated in the ETHOS program, and currently worked in an engineering co-op program in Mason, Ohio.
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Axel Acosta Avila, 21, loved rap music and traveled from Washington to attend the Astroworld festival.
Axel’s father Edgar described him as a great kid, a great student, and someone who loved his family deeply, especially his grandparents.
âHe was trying to study and go to school to be an engineerâ¦ a computer programmerâ¦ because he wanted to support his family,â Edgar said. âHe was the first grandchild, he was the oldest. He always took care of his cousins ââand nieces.
Tony Buzbee represents the Acosta family in a lawsuit against Scott and several of the festival’s organizers.
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Bharti Shahani, 22, died of injuries sustained at the Astroworld festival.
Shahani was a Texas A&M student who was taken to intensive care after being seriously injured at the festival. She remained in intensive care until her death on November 11.
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Shahani was an electronic systems technology graduate and a native of Houston, according to The Battalion, the A&M student newspaper.
Rudy PeÃ±a, a 23-year-old student from Laredo, Texas, was killed in the influx of crowds at the Astroworld festival, according to family members. They said he came to Houston for the concert with a group of friends.
“He was a sociable person,” said a friend. âHe introduced people to each other. “
Her older brother, Guadalupe PeÃ±a, set up a GoFundMe account to help her family pay for funeral expenses. Click here to donate.
Madison Dubiski, 23, was a Cypress resident who was killed at the Astroworld festival.
Madison’s family have filed a wrongful death complaint. Their lawyer issued the following statement:
âThis tragedy was preventable. Madison’s family have filed this complaint to make sure the truth about what went so horribly wrong at the Astroworld festival is uncovered. This trial will ensure that those responsible are fully held accountable and that such a thing will never happen to another family, âsaid lawyers Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin.
Danish Baig, 27, was trying to protect his fiance from trampling when he was fatally injured during Travis Scott’s concert at the Astroworld festival, according to his brother, Basil Baig.
âPeople have been trampled, walked and trampled. My brother tried to save my sister-in-law from these horrific acts inflicted on him during the process of losing his life. My Danish brother Baig a beautiful soul whos [sic] smiling would light up the room and put everyone before themselves. Last night he showed his brave act to save my sister-in-law / her fiance [sic] of these horrible things that were being done. I am lost in words and in a real trauma from this event. I was there and I was not [sic] saved my brother, âBasil Baig said in a Facebook post.
Basil Baig said his brother was laid to rest on November 8 in Colleyville, Texas.
A medical examiner reported that Danish’s real name is “Mirza Baig”, but his brother identified him as “Danish Baig”.
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What happened during Travis Scott’s Astroworld festival?
Houston Fire Chief Sam PeÃ±a said events started to escalate around 9:30 p.m. when a crowd surge took place at one of Travis Scott’s performances.
People were trampled, some passed out, and at least a few went into cardiac arrest during the chaos. KHOU 11 spoke with several witnesses who said they were jostled as a crowd of 50,000 festival-goers rushed to the stage.
It has been confirmed that at least 300 spectators were treated at the scene, and 25 people were taken to hospital with serious injuries. Eight people died that night.
Two other people later died from injuries sustained at Scott’s show.
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Doctors have said that being dehydrated or having an underlying illness, such as asthma, can make the situation even more dangerous. On top of that, there have been reports of people being trampled on during the festival.
âCardiac arrest just means the heart stops,â said Dr. George Williams, intensive care anesthesiologist at UTHealth Houston and LBJ Hospital. “In a situation like this, when the lungs are compressed like in a crowd situation, the oxygen levels drop very quickly and because of this the person loses consciousness and their heart is not able to function as. he should. “
So far, the individual causes of death for each victim have not been released.
Several agencies, including the Houston Police Department and the FBI, have launched investigations into the cause of the crowd influx and the possibility of preventing it.
There are reports that a security guard may have been injected with a substance before losing consciousness, but Houston Police Chief Troy Finner has confirmed those claims to be false.
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