Rapper Travis Scott’s popular music festival, Astroworld, turned deadly in Texas last week, As of November 8th, 8 attendees were reportedly killed in the crowd and over three hundred were injured.
According to reporting by the New York Times, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner, who has a personal relationship with Scott, warned him and his team about public safety before the concert. In a statement posted by the Houston Police Department, Chief Finner said, “I met with Travis Scott and his head of security for a few moments last Friday prior to the main event.”
The chief warned him about public safety, saying, “In my 31 years of law enforcement experience I have never seen a time with more challenges facing citizens of all ages, to include a global pandemic and social tension throughout the nation.”
Massive crowd surges are suspected to have led to the deaths, along with overcrowding due to individuals jumping fences to get into the concert. Astroworld attendees reported increased crowd congestion as fans attempted to get closer to the stage, leading up to Scott’s main performance. Due to the conditions, fans fainted and were literally trampled leading to fatalities and injuries.
Video footage shows attendees alerting the filming crew and Scott of people dead and passed out in the crowd, to no avail. Furthermore, another video shows Scott singing over an unconscious body while standing on an elevated platform.
The day after the deadly festival, Scott released a statement, expressing his devastation and sending prayers to those impacted. The rapper is facing numerous lawsuits from Astroworld attendees, although in a video he suggested he will be financially assisting fans and their families.
ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO
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