Tuesday, December 7

Crowd surge: 9-year-old Dallas boy dies after Astroworld festival crush, family seeks $1m damages

A 9-year-old Dallas boy, Ezra Blount has become the youngest person to die from injuries sustained during a crowd surge at the Astroworld music festival in Houston.

Blount died Sunday at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, family attorney Ben Crump said.

He was placed in a medically induced coma after suffering serious injuries in the Nov. 5 crush of fans during a performance by the festival’s headliner, rapper Travis Scott.

Blount’s death make it eleven victims who have died due to the crowd surge during the festival.

The father of the 9 year old victim, Treston Blount described what happened on Nov. 5 in a post on a GoFundMe page that he set up to help defray Ezra’s medical expenses.

He said Ezra was sitting on his shoulders when a crowd surge crushed them and that he lost consciousness and when he came to, Ezra was missing.

The father of the dead fan said that frantic search ensued until Ezra was eventually found at the hospital, severely injured.

He said that his child incurred severe damage to his brain, kidney, and liver after being “kicked, stepped on, and trampled, and nearly crushed to death.

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Meanwhile, the Blount family is seeking at least $1 million in damages from the organisers of the program.

The others who died ranged in age from 14 to 27. Some 300 people were treated at the festival site and 13 were hospitalized.

Houston police and fire department investigators have however said they are reviewing surveillance footages provided by concert promoter Live Nation, as well as dozens of clips people at the show widely shared on social media. Investigators also planned to speak with Live Nation representatives, Scott and concertgoers. Scott and the event organizers are now the focus of a criminal investigation.

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