On November 5th, Travis Scott Fans filled the crowd at Astroworld.
The sold-out event was something many looked forward to. But, Friday night’s performance was something no one could have expected.
There were roughly 50,000 people in the crowd that night, all packed so tightly that they could feel the person’s breath next to them, and when people began to push their way towards the stage others fell behind, crushed and struggling to breathe.
One audience member describes Friday night’s performance as “a fight for survival.” Saying, “The crowd became tighter and tighter, and at that point, it was hard to breathe. When Travis came out performing his first song, I witnessed people passing out next to me, we were all screaming for help, and no one helped or heard us. It was horrifying. People were screaming for their lives, and they couldn’t get out. Nobody could move a muscle.”
Shortly after 9pm, Travis Scott took the stage; at 9:30, the first reports of injuries came in, but Scott continued to perform until 10:10 pm.
That’s roughly 40 minutes after the first reports of injuries and a little over 30 minutes after officials declared the concert a “mass casualty event,” according to the Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña.
Eight people died, and hundreds were injured.
Scott made his first statement regarding the tragedies on Saturday night through his Instagram, saying, “I’m honestly just devastated,” Scott said as he repeatedly sighed and rubbed his forehead. “We’re actually working right now to identify the families so we can help assist them through this tough time.”
The Houston police have made it clear that the investigation remains active and in its early stages.
Several lawsuits have now been filed against Scott and the entertainment company.
Among the victims who died were two teenagers, college students, and a man who died saving his fiancée.
Our hearts go out to the victims’ friends and families during this tragedy. The victim’s names are listed below:
Brianna Rodgriguez, 16
Rodolfo Peña, 23
Madison Dubiski, 23
Axel Acosta Avila, 21
Franco Patino, 21
Jacob Jurinek, 20
Danish Baig, 27
John Hilgert, 14