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Travis Scott concert: 9-year-old boy injured at Astroworld festival has died, family lawyer says, bringing death toll to 10

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Travis Scott concert: 9-year-old boy injured at Astroworld festival has died, family lawyer says, bringing death toll to 10

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The boy, identified as Ezra Blount by his family, was in an induced coma in an attempt to overcome trauma to his brain, liver and kidneys, according to a statement from Crump.

“Tonight the Blount family mourn the incomprehensible loss of their precious young son. It shouldn’t have been the result of taking their son to a concert, which should have been a joyous celebration. Ezra’s death is absolutely heartbreaking. We are committed to seeking answers and justice for the Blount family. But tonight we stand in solidarity with the family, in sorrow and in prayer, “the statement said from Crump.

Bernon Blount previously told CNN that his grandson was in Houston to see “his favorite artist” and attended the concert with his father, Treston Blount.

Onlookers were crushed, trampled and struggled to breathe as the crowded crowd made their way to an outdoor stage when rapper and headliner Travis Scott began performing.

“When my son went to the concert he had my grandson on his shoulder,” Blount said. “All the people pushed in and he couldn’t breathe so he eventually passed out from all the pressure that was being put on his body. And when he passed out, Ezra fell from his body. shoulder and fell into the crowd. “

When Bernon’s son came to his senses, Ezra had already been taken to Texas Children’s Hospital as John Doe.

“They didn’t know anything about him, his name or anything because he had separated from my son,” Bernon said.

Blount said Ezra “had a cardiac arrest which damaged his heart.” The boy also had liver and lung damage and had swelling of the brain, Blount said. CNN was unable to independently confirm Ezra’s condition with the hospital.

The family are “devastated because it was supposed to be a father-son date for them to bond and it turned into something horrible and tragic,” Blount said previously.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner also offered his condolences and shared the news of Ezra’s passing. Twitter account Sunday.

“I am saddened to hear of Ezra’s death tonight. Our town is praying tonight for his mother, father, grandparents, other family members and classmates right now. They will need it. with all our support in the months and years to come. May God give them strength. RIP Ezra. “

CNN contacted the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Blount family. CNN has also reached out to Travis Scott’s team for comment, as well as other defendants in a lawsuit brought by the Blount family accusing organizers of negligence.

Details emerge from an event in chaos

Additional information provided by firefighters and police at the festival reveals a situation that became increasingly dangerous before and during Scott’s filming. Ambulances transported a handful of injured spectators to hospital this morning and afternoon, according to Houston Fire Department logs.

Shortly before 5:00 p.m., the Houston Police Department reported “dangerous crowd conditions” at one point. Eight minutes before Scott took the stage at 9 p.m., more than 260 people had already been treated, according to the logs, which did not specify the type of treatment. And a 9:18 p.m. entry noted a “crush injury.”

Less than half an hour after Scott’s performance began, the diary read, “This is when it all came true.”

Travis Scott concert: 9-year-old boy injured at Astroworld festival has died, family lawyer says, bringing death toll to 10

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“Several trampled people passed out in front of the scene” at 9:33 pm, police reported. Minutes later, a police operator reported five calls to 911 about “unconscious people in the crowd.” Report of a possible CPR ”.

At least one police officer reported that the main scene was compromised around 9:11 p.m., the Houston Chronicle reported Thursday, citing emergency radio conversations.

The audio included reports of barricades being breached, people jumping from doors and respiratory and heart problems, the newspaper reported. The radio chatter continued until 10:15 p.m., the Chronicle reported. CNN has contacted the Houston Police Department for comment.

It is not known what Scott saw of the scene and if he was aware of the condition of the crowd, but it continued to perform until around 10:10 pm. Peña last Saturday.

Scott did not learn of the death toll statement until the next morning, his lawyer said on Friday.

“It never touched Travis, it never touched Travis’ team,” attorney Ed McPherson told ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Scott said he was devastated by the tragedy, adding that he would cover all funeral costs for the victims and help fund mental health support for those affected.
A series of lawsuits have been filed against Scott, the festival organizer and others implicated by the families of the victims and survivors. Crump, along with a coalition of Houston attorneys, announced Friday that they represent more than 200 victims who attended the festival and have filed more than 90 lawsuits in Harris County Civil Court against promoter Live Nation and other people involved in the fatal event.
Live Nation said on November 6 it was “heartbroken” about Astroworld and is cooperating with authorities as they investigate why the event has turned fatal. Last week, the company said it was “working on ways to support participants, victims’ families and staff” by providing mental health counseling and would help with hospital costs.

CNN’s Rosa Flores, Ed Lavandera, Ray Sanchez, Melissa Alonso, Raja Razek, and Aya Elamroussi contributed to this report.

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