Astroworld Tragedy

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Aiden Lim

On November 6, 2021, the Astroworld festival was held at Houston, Texas. At 3:30 AM people were lining up to get inside the festival. A concert worker had estimated over 1000 people had already lined up to get ready to enter the festival on the cold Friday morning. The gates were opened at 10 AM and people were rushing to get inside. Witnesses have said that some people were jumping over the gates and trampling over the fence to get inside the festival.

By 8:15 PM workers reported that the crowd was so large and overwhelming that even the workers were starting to get nervous. 

At 9:00 PM the 30 minute countdown to Travis Scott’s appearance on stage had started and many people were shoving each other because of how tightly packed they were.

At 9:30 PM when Travis Scott finally made his appearance that medics and security were getting their first distress calls and tried to bring the ambulance in but it was too large to fit in the crowd. Medics said it was so crowded they could barely even move through the large pit of people to get to the person and it was much harder to bring that person out. 

At 9:38 PM it was officially declared to be a mass casualty event but the concert kept going with only 2 small pauses but the concert was still resumed right after and continued for another 32 minutes until 10:10 PM. Travis Scott finally stopped the music and tried to lead the people out, but the people were so crowded that people were unable to leave even though the exits were wide open.

There were 10 deaths and over 300 casualties in the span of almost 40 minutes. 2 of those deaths were said to have been teenagers with the youngest victim being only 9 years old, Ezra Blount. The victims’ names were Franco Patino, John Hilgert, Brianna Rodriguez, Rudy Pena, Danish Baig, Jacob Jurinek, Axel Acosta, Madison Dubiski, Bharti Shahani and Ezra Blount. Concert workers have reported that they think there was an estimate of 50000 people in total attending the concert. Security was only able to find 23 trespassers which comes to show how poor security was at the festival.

Travis Scott has also had a history with people getting hurt in his concerts. He was reported to have assaulted a kid for stealing a 5000$ shoe while he was crowd surfing. He encouraged the crowd to beat him up and decided to spit on him right after cursing at the teenager. Travis Scott also has a history of battery out in public. He has been charged with 2 battery cases in his past. He was also said to encourage 2 other concert riots and encouraged people to jump off the third floor balcony in another concert. Travis Scott has also said “it ain’t a mosh pit if it ain’t no injuries / I got ‘em stage diving out the nosebleeds.”

Travis Scott announced that he would provide payment for the funeral and that everyone who had bought a ticket would be refunded. He also made an apology video on November 8th and posted it on his Instagram page.