9-year-old Dallas boy dies after Astroworld festival loss

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HOUSTON (AP) – A 9-year-old Dallas boy has become the youngest person to die from injuries sustained during an audience increase at the Astroworld Music Festival in Houston.

Ezra Blount of Dallas died Sunday at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, said family lawyer Ben Crump.

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

He is the tenth person to attend the festival who died.

“The Blount family is mourning the incomprehensible loss of their precious young son tonight,” Crump said in a news release Sunday night. “This should not have been the result of taking his son to a concert, which should have been a joyous celebration.”

Treston Blount, Ezra’s father, described what happened on November 5 in a post on a GoFundMe page he created to pay for Ezra’s medical expenses. He said that Ezra was sitting on his shoulders when a crowd crushed them. The father lost consciousness and by the time he arrived, Ezra was gone, Blount said. A frantic search followed until Ezra was finally found in the hospital, badly injured.

The child sustained serious injuries to his brain, kidney and liver after being “kicked, trampled on and trampled and almost crushed to death”. according to a lawsuit filed by his family against Scott and the event’s organizer, Live Nation. The Blount family is demanding at least $ 1 million in damages.

The others who died were between the ages of 14 and 27. About 300 people were treated at the festival site and 13 were hospitalized.

Houston police and fire department investigators have said they are reviewing surveillance video provided by concert promoter Live Nation, as well as dozens of clips that people on the show shared widely on social media. Investigators also planned to talk to Live Nation representatives, Scott and concertgoers. Scott and the organizers is now in focus for a criminal investigation.