Victims, aged 16 to 27, who were among the eight killed at Travis Scott’s Astroworld festival Friday have been identified, while one’s brother slammed the ‘poorly’ managed event ran by ‘horrible’ people.
Danish Baig, 27, was one of people who died after a surge at the concert. University of Dayton student Franco Patino, 21, a senior, also died at day one of the Astroworld festival at NRG Park in Houston, Texas, the school said.
Baig was killed after trying to save a relative during the stampede at the concert, his brother Basil Baig confirmed on Facebook.
‘My brother was killed in this horrendous Astroworld event that was managed poorly and supervised by such horrible people,’ Basil wrote on Facebook.
He commended his late brother for his ‘courageous act’ and called him a ‘beautiful soul.’
Others whose deaths have been confirmed to various news outlets are 14-year-old John Hilgert, 16-year-old Brianna Rodriguez and Rodolfo ‘Rudy’ Peña, 23.
Danish Baig, 27 (left), was killed at Travis Scott’s Astroworld after saving a relative during the stampede on Friday, his brother said. Franco Patino, 21 (right), also died, the University of Dayton said
Brianna Rodriguez, 16, (left) was a dancer and junior in high school. Rodolfo ‘Rudy’ Pena, 23,(right) was an aspiring model and dreamed of one day being a US Border Patrol agent. He died of cardiac arrest
‘My brother tried to save my sister in law from these horrendous acts that were being done to her in the process he lost his life,’ Basil wrote.
‘My brother Danish Baig [is] a beautiful soul whos[e] smile would light up the room and put everyone before himself. Last night he showed his courageous act to save my sister in law from those horrendous things that were being done.
‘I was there and I wasn’t able to save my brother.’
Basil reported that people were ‘hitting,’ ‘pushing’ and ‘shoving’ and ‘did not care for anyone’s life.’
He also alleged that superstar rapper and baby daddy to Kylie Jenner’s daughter Stormi ‘provoked these people and made them do just that [stampede] and more he called people to the stage to jump into the crowd and did not stop the show.’
Basil also said this was not the end my family and I will go to the Full extent to make sure he is brought to justice.’
His brother Basil (second left) confirmed his brother’s (left) death on Facebook and called what he did a ‘courageous act’
21-year-old Patino was a student at the University of Dayton in southern Ohio, where he studied engineering
Brianna, pictured with her mother, was killed at the event
Pena died of cardiac arrest after being injured at the show
University of Dayton student Franco Patino, 21, also died at the event.
Patino was a huge fan of the rapper and travelled from Southern Ohio to Houston for the event with his best friend to celebrate his friend’s birthday, according to WGN9.
The college senior was studying engineering and was a member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and the Alpha Psi Lambda.
Patino was a part of the society’s special interest house, which he worked with fellow student Andy Prieto to create.
‘Andy and I worked together day and night to make this dream come true because we believed it was a necessity to have a house for Hispanics to come together and have a little piece of familiar culture in a predominantly white institution,’ Patino said in an article about the society on the university’s website.
John Hilgret, 14, of Hunters Creek Village, was the youngest person to die at the concert. His death was confirmed on Saturday by officials at Memorial High School, where he was a freshman student.
Scott shared a message on his Instagram on Saturday, where he told fans he was ‘devastated’ and was ‘working closely with authorities’
Hilgret attended Friday’s concert with his long-time friend, Robby Hendrix, 15.
Hendrix’s mother, Tracy Faulkner, bought her son’s ticket it for his birthday and ‘ultimately regrets the decision.’
‘Everything about that night was a tragedy,’ Faulkner told the Houston Chronicle. ‘They were both in the same place at the same time and one came home and one we will never see.’
She said Hilgret and Hendrix had known each other for years and played football together.
‘John was a good student and athlete and so polite. He was the sweetest and smartest young man,’ she shared.
Eight people were killed at the event after a crowd surge happened
One witness described it as a ‘floor of bodies’ and fans were screaming at to ‘stop the show’
The chaos began after Scott took the stage. The star completed his set
Two others were identified by their families to have died at the tragic event.
Brianna Rodriguez, 16, People confirmed, and Rodolfo ‘Rudy’ Peña, 23, confirmed by the Laredo Morning Times, were among the eight.
Rodriguez was a dancer and a junior in high school.
‘Gone from our sites, but never from our hearts,’ her wrote family on Facebook.
Her family started a GoFundMe to help with funeral expenses. It has raised $8,910 out of its $30,000 goal.
Pena was an aspiring model and had dreams of becoming a U.S. Border Patrol agent, according to USA Today.
Pena drove five hours from Laredo to Houston with his friends to attend the show, where he died of cardiac arrest.
Pena’s sister told the Laredo Morning Times: ‘My brother was the sweetest person, friendly, outgoing, he had many friends because he was always there for everyone. Yes, he was a big fan of Travis, he loved his music.’
Approximately 50,000 people attended the sold-out Astroworld Festival at NRG Park on Friday. Witnesses said the chaos broke out after Scott took the stage to perform.
The surge happened at 9:15 p.m. and the ‘mass casualty incident’ was declared at that time. Nearly an hour later, at 10:10 p.m., the concert producer Live Nation halted the show.
Earlier on Friday, hundreds of people were filmed stampeding through a VIP entrance at the Live Nation-organized event, sparking fears of overcrowding and poor crowd control.
Scott, 29, continued to perform after eight people were crushed to death – including two victims aged just 14 and 16 – in what one witness described as a ‘floor of bodies.’
Video circulating on Twitter shows fans chanting ‘stop the show’ as concertgoers were being knocked down and crushed by other attendees.
Although he completed his 75-minute performance, at one point Scott was filmed calling for help. In another video he stood on a platform with his microphone while chaos unfolded beneath him.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner revealed during a press conference Saturday that the dead ranged in age from 14 to 27. Police are currently working to identify the victims and notify their families. Their cause of death has not yet been determined.
As the chaos unfolded the rapper, who completed his show, even appeared to glance in the direction of passed-out fans as the show went on. Scott halted the performance at least once was filmed calling for security to help distressed fans in the front row.
Meanwhile, Scott’s girlfriend Kylie Jenner, who is pregnant with their second child and attended the event, was blasted online for posting a clip of an ambulance tending to the injured and dead as the chaos unfolded.
But other videos from the night showed distraught fans begging concert staff to halt the performance and help people escape the surge.
‘People are f***ing dying, I want to save somebody’s life,’ a man said as he climbed on a platform where a cameraman was filming the performance.
Around 2pm hundreds of fans stormed the festival’s VIP entrance. About seven hours later the surge in front of the main stage killed eight people but the two events appear to be unrelated
‘That’s somebody’s kid! I want to save them!’ he screamed – but to no avail. Astroworld Fest’s organizers offered their condolences to the families of those killed in a statement Saturday, and appealed for anyone with information to contact Houston Police.
Meanwhile, TMZ reported that a ‘key person’ connected to Astroworld said that Friday night was actually the result of a ‘targeted attack’ after ‘someone in the crowd went crazy and began injecting people with some sort of drug, which caused panic and then a surge.’
Cops said they’re keeping an open mind, although Houston’s fire chief says he thinks the tragedy was caused by a crush.
According to the Houston Chronicle Friday’s deadly incident was not the first time the concert’s producer Live Nation Worldwide and Live Nation Entertainment has come under scrutiny for OSHA safety and antitrust violations.
The live-entertainment company – which puts on 40,000 shows per year, according to its website, and which Billboard has cited as the world’s largest – has faced charges relating to 16 violations and has paid more than $83million in penalties.
Scott spoke about the event on his Instagram on Saturday, stating that he was ‘devastated’ and is working closely with authorities.
‘My fans really mean the world to me and I always want to leave them with a positive experience,’ Scott, 29, said on his Instagram stories Saturday.
‘Anytime I can make out anything that’s going on, ya know, I stop the show and you know, help them get the help they need. I could just never imagine the severity of the situation.’
The crowd at the Houston-based music festival surged toward the stage during Scott’s performance, knocking other concertgoers over and squeezing them together so tightly that they could not breathe or move their arms.
‘To the ones that was lost last night, we’re working right now to ID the families so we can help assist them through this tough time,’ the rapper shared.
‘I’m honestly just devastated… I could never imagine anything like this just happening.’
Scott said he is working closely with local authorities as they investigate the crowd surge and encouraged anyone with information about the deadly incident.
He promised his followers he would continue to keep them informed about the investigation and told them: ‘Every just continue to keep your prayers.’