Astroworld tragedy claims 10th Victim


Rapper Travis Scott performs on The Come Up Show on April 7, 2017. Ten concertgoers have died and more than 300 injured at a Travis Scott performance in Houston, Texas. (The Come Up Show/CC BY-ND 2.0)

Allyson Lin, World & breaking news editor

A crowd surge at Travis Scott’s Astroworld music festival has claimed the lives of ten. Eight people were killed, ages ranging 14 to 17, at the festival with two more dying in the days following. More than 300 people had to be treated at the onsite hospital nearby. 

Bharti Shahani, the 9th victim to die, lost her battle to her injuries acquired from the festival. The 10th victim Ezra Blount had been placed in a medically induced coma, but succumbed to his injuries.  He was nine years old, according to USA Today.

Houston police are conducting a criminal investigation with the homicide and narcotic divisions. Meanwhile, multiple lawsuits against Scott have been filed by the victims and their families. 

One lawsuit had stated that “Scott actively encourages his fans to “rage” His express encouragement of violence has previously resulted in serious violence at numerous past concerts,” according to NBC News.

Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña told a co-host of NBC’s “TODAY” show that Scott and others should have stopped the festival once they noticed a crowd surge. 

Scott had promised earlier on Monday that he would refund all the concertgoers and to pay for the victim’s funerals. 

He later posted on his Instagram page: “I’m honestly just devastated. I could never imagine anything like this just happening.”