Ezra Blount, age 9, is among the victims currently in critical condition after the chaos that ensued at Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival.
Ezra attended the concert with his father. During the show, Ezra was on his father’s shoulders, in order to stay out of and above the crowd.
But when things got out of control, his father was overcome himself, passed out and fell. Ezra fell as well and was trampled.
Ezra suffered major organ damage and was in a coma, and relatives say the child has also suffered brain swelling.
As of now, Ezra is still in the hospital and relatives and friends are hoping for his recovery.
Since the tragic incident, there have been eight confirmed deaths at the concert.
John Hilgert, 14; Brianna Rodriguez, 16; Franco Patiño, 21; Axel Acosta, 21; Jacob Jurinek, 21; Rudy Peña, 23; Madison Dubiski, 23; and Danish Baig, 27, have been identified as the eight victims of the tragedy.
Since the incident, however, at least 36 lawsuits have been filed against Scott over the mass casualty incident, according to the Houston Chronicle.
A day after the tragic event, Travis paid tribute to those who lost their lives at his concert. “I’m absolutely devastated by what took place last night,” he said in a statement on Twitter.
“My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival. Houston PD has my total support as they continue to look into the tragic loss of life.
I am committed to working together with the Houston community to heal and support families in need. Thank you to Houston PD, Fire Department, and NRG Park for their immediate response and support. Love You All.”
Musician Drake, who performed with Scott at the concert, also expressed his sentiments about the issue.
“I’ve spent the past few days trying to wrap my mind around this devastating tragedy,” Drake, 35, wrote in a statement on Instagram. “I hate resorting to this platform to express an emotion as delicate as grief but this is where I find myself.”
“My heart is broken for the families and friends of those who lost their lives and for anyone who is suffering,” he added. “I will continue to pray for all of them, and will be of service in any way I can. My God be with you all.”
Ezra’s family set up a GoFundMe to help with expenses.
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