8 Deaths amid Crowd Surge at Astroworld Festival in Houston

Deaths, injuries amid Crowd Surge at Astroworld Festival in Houston

The whole atmosphere turned into a shocking and tragic death place within no time in Astroworld Festival. The deaths and injuries occurred while the crowd was getting close to the stage. Multiple fatalities and injuries have been reported till now at Astroworld on Friday, November 5. 

Deaths, injuries amid Crowd Surge at Astroworld Festival in Houston
  • According to reports, at least eight people died during the incident at the Houston music festival at NRG Park, where some 50,000 concertgoers were attending. Immediate medical service was given when numerous teams had attended on-site and treated more than 300 people during the event. 
  • The reports by emergency officials claims, members of the audience began rushing towards the stage at around 9 p.m. CT during Travis Scott’s performance. The crowd surge reportedly created terror and panic within the audience members, which led them to get trapped.
  • ‘The crowd for whatever reason began to push and surge towards the front of the stage, which caused the people in the front to be compressed; they were unable to escape that situation. People began to fall out, become unconscious, and it created additional panic,’ Houston Fire Chief Sam Peña stated. 
  • In a press conference, Mayor Sylvester Turner confirmed the number of deaths. In contrast, 25 people were taken to the hospital, with 13 people remaining in care at that time. The victims’ ages ranged from 14 to 27, with one victim’s age still currently unknown, which turner mentioned. 
  • 6-year-old Brianna Rodriguez, one of the victims, was a junior in high school. Her family confirmed her death to the outlet. Another victim reported 23-year-old Rodolfo Angel Peña, a family member described as a college student studying psychology. University of Dayton administrators confirmed that 21-year-old Franco Patino was also among the victims. 
  • ‘Suddenly, we had several people down on the ground, experiencing some cardiac arrest or some medical episode. And so we immediately started doing CPR and moving people right then.’ Houston Police Executive Assistant Chief Larry Satterwhite explained.
  • After the massacre happened, sometime later, Astroworld organizers shared a statement posted to Twitter explaining that the remainder of the festival was canceled. ‘Our hearts are with the Astroworld festival family tonight, especially those we lost and their loved ones,’ the statement says. 
  • ‘We are focused on supporting local officials however we can. With that in mind, the festival will no longer be held on Saturday. As authorities mentioned in their press conference earlier, they are looking into the series of cardiac arrests. If you have any relevant information on this, please reach out to @HoustonPolice. Thank you to our Houston Police Department, Fire Department, and NRG Park partners for their response and support.’
  • Travis Scott, the founder of the festival itself, also released a statement, “absolutely devastated,” in response to the incident. 
  • ‘My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival. Houston PD has my total support as they continue to look into the tragic loss of life. I am committed to working together with the Houston community to heal and support the families in need.’
  • Kylie Jenner also shared a statement on Instagram stories on behalf of both herself and Travis, ‘My thoughts and prayers are with all who lost their lives, were injured or affected in any way by yesterday’s events. And also for Travis, who I know cares deeply for his fans and the Houston community.’

Officials explained during a press conference that the cause of the surge was not promptly evident, and an investigation of the incident is underway. Authorities have not yet determined the causes of death for the casualties.