9 Die, Many Injured At US Rapper Travis Scott’s Concert Amid Crowd Surge.
As a crowd of 50,000 people gathered for US rapper Travis Scott’s Astroworld music festival in Texas, panic ensued when concert-goers compressed towards the stage, leaving eight dead and several injured.
Los Angeles: At least eight people died and several were wounded in a crush at the Astroworld music festival in the southern US state of Texas on Friday night, authorities said.
Houston fire chief Samuel Pena said the incident began at around 9 pm when “the crowd began to compress towards the front of the stage”.
“That caused some panic and it started causing some injuries, people began to fall out, become unconscious and it created additional panic,” Pena said at a press conference outside NRG Park.
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“We had at least eight confirmed fatalities tonight and scores of individuals that were injured,” he said, adding the cause of death cannot be confirmed until after medical exams are completed.
“We transported 17 patients to the hospital… 11 of those that were transported were in cardiac arrest,” he said.
Around 50,000 people were in the crowd at American rapper Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival, Pena added.
Scott was on stage when the incident occurred and stopped his act on several occasions when he saw fans in distress near the stage, the Houston Chronicle reported.
9 People Dead at Astroworld Music Festival
Houston police said they were investigating the cause of the mass casualty incident and looking at video footage from the arena.
“Over the course of just a few minutes, suddenly we had several people down on the ground experience some type of cardiac arrest,” police chief Larry J Satterwhite said, adding they then met with concert organisers and the event was ended.
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Authorities later said the festival has been canceled and will not continue on Saturday.
Footage from NRG park circulating on social media showed scores of people rushing the gates with security at the gates unable to contain the flow.
Several people could be seen falling over, bringing down the metal detectors at the arena entrance but it is unclear if that incident was linked to the deaths.
However, authorities said more than 300 people were injured throughout the day at the event, including those with minor scrapes and bruises.
Astroworld is a music festival created by Scott and launched in 2018.
The 29-year-old rapper, who has a child with celebrity socialite Kylie Jenner, made his breakthrough in 2013 and has had six Grammy nominations.
Other acts scheduled to play the festival over the weekend included the rappers Chief Keef and 21 Savage, as well as the Australian rock act Tame Impala.
Astroworld 9 Death People Full Biography
3 out of 8 victims were identified in the Astroworld Festival disaster.
01. John Hilgert
John Hilgert, a ninth grade student at Memorial High School, died during the incident, according to a letter school administrators sent Saturday to parents.
Hilgert was among the eight victims at the event, who had not been identified by authorities Saturday, though they did say there was one 14-year-old, a 16-year-old, two 21-year-olds, a pair of 23-year-olds, and a 27-year-old victim.
02. Brianna Rodriguez
A family member confirmed the 16-year-old was Brianna Rodriguez. Her aunt said she was a junior at Heights High School and had a passion for dancing.
A Heights High School parent-teacher organization expressed its condolences to Rodriguez’s family. The school will have counselors available Monday for students and staff who may need support during this time.
03. Franco Patino
Administrators at the University of Dayton in Ohio confirmed one of the 21-year-old victims was Franco Patino. He was majoring in mechanical engineering technology.
The age of one of the victims had not been determined. Authorities said at least one of the eight killed was from outside of Harris County.
04. Axel Acosta
Axel Acosta’s father spoke with us Bustamante and identified him as one of the deceased from Astroworld. He said he was attending a university in Washington studying computer science.
The medical examiner’s office sent out a photo last night of Axel’s face because he had still not been identified. His father said he tried to file a missing person’s report with police but couldn’t since he was out of state.
05. Jake Jurinek
Jake Jurinek, 20, attended Astroworld Festival with his best friend Franco Patino. Jake attended Southern Illinois University and studied journalism.
06. Danish Baig
Danish Baig, 27, was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan and originally from Texas. He died using himself as a shield to protect his fiancee among the crowd at Astroworld Festival.
07. Axel Acosta
Axel Acosta, 21, attended Astroworld Festival alone and was from Tieton, Washington. He studied at Western Washington University.
08. Rudy Pena
Rudy Peña, 23, hoped to become a border patrol officer and was from Laredo, Texas. He attended the Astroworld Festival with friends.
09. Bharti Shahani