Eight young people died at the Astroworld musical festival that was held on Friday, November 5 and the reason has been reported as cardiac arrest. According to official reports there was a surge around 9.15 p.m. with a crush as well as panic that left 8 dead and scores injured. Friends and relatives are slowly coming to terms with the death of their loved ones.
On Monday,Travis Scott said that he would bear the funeral expenses, refund tickets as of now and would continue to “connect with the individuals and families of those involved”, according to a statement released by his team. However, relatives and friends are angry and are demanding that the rappers, the organizers and others involved in the event take more responsibility for the tragedy.
On Monday, it had emerged that the event was declared to be a “mass casualty” at 9.38 p.m., according to Houston Fire Chief Samuel Pena. However, according to reports in The New York Times and in the Houston Chronicle, Travis Scott was on stage at 10:15 p.m., while Reuters reported that he was on stage at 10:10 p.m.
All eight victims, who are in the age group of 14 to 27, have been identified. Some of the family members have filed lawsuits while others have started to do so. Ben Crump, a high profile civil rights lawyer, has set up a designated website for people who have been injured or have been traumatized; to reach out for legal assistance.
Drake, who was on stage with Travis Scott, finally issued his first statement addressing the tragedy, on Monday. He wrote on Instagram that he had spent the past few days trying to wrap his mind around the tragedy and that he was “heartbroken” and he would pray for those who were suffering and more. Many called it too little, too late.
People have built a makeshift memorial to all those who were killed outside the NRG Park in Houston, Texas, which was the venue of the concert. The 30-year old rapper is a native of Texas.
As reports of the lack of safety and more at the event continue to circulate on social media, an old video has resurfaced. According to Rolling Stone, it took place at a 2017 Scott Travis concert at Terminal 5. In the video, a fan is egged on to drop from the second floor to the crowd below. It’s not known what happened to that fan.
In the same show, Kyle Green was reportedly pushed from the third floor balcony. The 27-year old said that the event was “severely crowded” and the audience was out of control. He said that he was roughly carried out by the staff without safety precautions.
Green’s lawyer said that his client could walk now but still had significant disability. He was still partially paralyzed. He also said that his client was “devastated” to hear the news that eight fans were killed at Travis Scott’s Astroworld event, in Houston, Texas.