Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner took to Twitter yesterday to mourn the death of a nine-year-old Astroworld attendee. Ezra Blount, a Dallas native who went to the tragic Astroworld Festival in Houston, died from injuries sustained from the festival.
“I am saddened to learn of Ezra’s death this evening. Our city tonight prays for his mom, dad, grandparents, other family members, and classmates at this time. They will need all of our support in the months and years to come. May God gives them strength,” Turner tweeted Sunday.
Ezra Blount Died From Serious Injuries From Festival Stampede
The nine-year-old Blount attended the festival along with his father, Treston. The elder Blount placed his son on his shoulders to watch performances by major artists during Astroworld.
However, during the mad rush towards the stage, Treston passed out from the pressure from the 50,000 crowds pushing forward.
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He lost consciousness while his son fell to the ground and was trampled. When Treston gained consciousness, he found his son missing. Eventually, Blount found Ezra at the Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.
According to lawyer Ben Crump, doctors placed Blount in a medically induced coma after suffering severe damage to several vital organs.
During the crowd surge, the crowd “kicked, stepped on, and trampled” Blount as he fell when his father got crushed in the crowd. On Sunday, Ezra died from his injuries.
Police Gathering Evidence and Watching Video
Blount became the 10th casualty of the tragic Astroworld festival and the youngest victim. The other deaths reported from trampling ranged between 14 to 27 years in age.
An additional 300 people received medical treatment at the festival grounds. In addition, 13 Astroworld attendees had to go to the hospital for further treatment.
Crump filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Blount family against performer Travis Scott and the organizers of the festival. The family is seeking at least $1 million in damages.
Police are currently gathering evidence and reviewing surveillance footage provided by Live Nation, the concert promoter. They also viewed dozens of video clips shared by Astroworld attendees to their social media accounts.
Investigators will also interview Live Nation representatives, Scott, and concertgoers. In particular, Scott and the event organizers are now the subjects of an ongoing criminal investigation.
Crump To Sue Scott, LiveNation, and Others
Aside from Blount, Crump also announced he’s filing a lawsuit on behalf of more than 100 Astroworld attendees victimized by the ill-fated music event.
Crump described the victims as “mentally, physically and psychologically” injured after the festival. He also called Astroworld “a failure of epic proportions.”
“This should have never, ever happened. People were literally fighting for their lives just to get out of there… This is a horrific story… We have to get the answers.
Nobody should ever die from going to a concert,” Crump said. “This is a disaster that changed their lives forever. One thing is for certain. We will not let them get away with this… We are going to make them have changes in the industry,” he added.
The attorney also promised to hold “each and every” person responsible accountable. This will ensure that nothing like this happens to anyone ever again.
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