A nine-year-old boy who sustained ‘life-threatening’ injuries at Travis Scott’s Astroworld festival on Friday has been placed into a medically induced coma.
The child, named Ezra Blount, was ‘trampled’ by the crowd at the live music event after a deadly crowd surge took place during Scott’s set.
Attorney Ben Crump, who alongside co-counsel Alex and Bob Hilliard has been retained by the boy’s parents and other Astroworld victims, confirmed the victim was currently in hospital after the fatal event which killed eight people.
Sharing the message on Twitter, he stated: ‘EB sustained life-threatening injuries and is currently hospitalized, in a medically-induced coma’.
He continued: ‘The suffering that this family is going through is immeasurable. This little boy had his whole life ahead of him – a life that is currently hanging in the balance because of the reckless mismanagement that ensued at the Astroworld Festival.
‘We ask everyone to send up the most powerful prayers they can as this family tries to grapple with the undoable damage that has been done to their son. We demand justice for EB, his family, and all of our clients that left Astroworld with trauma.’
One concert-goer, Kristian Paredes, reportedly filed a lawsuit naming Scott, Drake and concert promoter Live Nation as well as others for negligence and alleging that the rappers helped to incite the crowd.
According to TMZ, the lawsuit makes reference to Scott’s controversial concert history and argues this should have been taken into consideration when organising this year’s Astroworld festival.
Paredes states that Scott and Drake should have been aware of the reaction the crowd would have once they took to the stage. The plaintiff believes this is what caused the crowd to surge towards the crowd causing him injury.
Paredes also said that the staff who organised the event’s security and logistics, including Scott, should be held accountable for failing to keep concert-goers safe.
Scott’s girlfriend Kylie Jenner has said the rapper didn’t know what was happening until he left the stage.
Scott has offered to pay for the funerals of those who died, as well as provide mental health support for fans who attended the festival. Several more lawsuits have been filed and Houston Police are investigating.
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