A week after the Astroworld Festival in Houston, the death toll has risen to 10. Ezra Blount die from his wound on Sunday, and at age 9, he is the youngest of the victims to date.
Ezra has been in a medically induced coma since the festival, where – according to a GoFundMe The site his father, Treston Blount, set up to help pay his medical bills – he was trampled in an out-of-control mob surge. Treston said that Ezra sat on his shoulder while they waited for Drake to join Travis Scott on stage, when he “started getting crushed until [he] breathless. Treston said he had fainted and when he arrived he couldn’t find his son. Ezra was taken to hospital with serious injuries: brain swelling and “injury to almost all organs,” according to GoFundMe.
Before the concert, Treston said KTRK, Ezra “so attractive. He is ready to go.” The pair purposefully stayed behind in the audience, “in the back,” Treston said, “because the front can get a little wild.” Blount’s family is now among them to sue Scott, along with the Live Nation promoter and others involved in the production of the show for “extremely negligent conduct”. And even though Scott was often encourages a noisy crowd, several factors may have contributed to the downfall of the event: Houston Fire Sheriff note last week, barriers set up to prevent a rise may have instead created a “limitation point”, while concerns about crowd control measures and full security has also appeared. Investigations into the disaster are underway.
Hundreds of people were injured at Astroworld, and some are still being treated in hospitals. Including Ezra, who die between the ages of 9 and 27: John Hilgert, a 14-year-old high school student; Brianna Rodriguez, a 16-year-old student and dancer; Axel Acosta, 20 years old, a college student who died a few days before his 21st birthday; Franco Patino, 21, and Jacob Jurinek, 20, two best friends, attended the concert together; Bharti Shahani, 22 years old, a final year university student, died of her injuries on November 10; Rodolfo Peña, 23 years old, college student studying criminology; Madison Dubiski, 23, just graduated from college; and Baig Denmark, 27, who saved his fiancée from the mob.
https://www.thecut.com/2021/11/ezra-blount-9-becomes-youngest-astroworld-fatality.html | Ezra Blount, 9 years old, becomes the youngest child in Astroworld to die