Texas Mourns the Death of Boy, 9, Injured at Astroworld Festival
Another life has been lost in the wake of the Astroworld Festival disaster, as a 9-year-old Dallas boy becomes the latest victim to pass away as a result of their injuries.
According to the Associated Press, Ezra Blount passed away on Sunday at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, becoming the 10th fatal victim of the Travis Scott concert tragedy.
The Astroworld concert happened on November 5, and was ultimately cut shortly after a crowd surge caused the deaths of 8 people on the scene and injured at least 300. However, many witnesses say the event was not cut off soon enough, and more reports have emerged of people in the crowd trying to warn camera operators and staff at the venue of what was going on.
Ezra Blount's father, Treston Blount, described on a GoFundMe post what happened the night of the tragedy, saying that Ezra was sitting on his shoulders when the crowd surge crushed them, forcing Treston to lose consciousness. Once he came to, Ezra was missing. The child was eventually found at the hospital with severe injuries to his brain, kidney, and liver according to the lawsuit filed against Live Nation and Travis Scott.
Ezra was then placed in a medically induced coma, and would succumb to his injuries on Sunday, November 14th. The family is seeking at least $1 million in damages as a result.
Ezra Blount was the youngest of the 10 victims at 9 years of age, with others ranging in age from 14 to 27.
Texas A&M student Bharti Shahani passed away on Wednesday, November 10. Shahani had been in critical condition and on a ventilator following the concert. She would become the 9th victim to die following the concert.
Lawsuits continue to be filed against Live Nation and Travis Scott. According to NBCNews, civil rights attorney Ben Crump and his team are representing nearly 200 people in 93 different lawsuits.