Relatives of Astroworld Fest victims channel their fury at Travis Scott for ‘not providing the right security’.
Friends and family of the eight young people who died and those of the hundreds who were injured at Travis Scott‘s music festival in Houston are demanding that the rapper be held accountable for the tragedy.
Relatives on Monday were still coming to terms with the disaster, which saw victims aged from 14 to 27 crushed to death on Friday night as a sizable group of the 50,000 in attendance pushed toward the stage at NRG Park as a timer clicked down to the start of the performance.
One woman, identified only as Rachel, was furious over the death of her friend Franco Patino, a 21-year-old from Illinois, studying at the University of Dayton in Ohio.
‘My friend is gone FOREVER because of Astroworld.’
‘The anger I have over this is insane. Travis Scott is going to have to do a hell of a lot more than post a notes-app apology.’
Scott, 30, born in Houston, founded his festival in 2018 on the heels of his chart-topping album Astroworld, and has said he will cover the funeral expenses for the eight. Tickets will also be refunded.
His team said in a statement;
‘Travis remains in active conversations with the city of Houston, law enforcement and local first responders to respectfully and appropriately connect with the individuals and families of those involved.’
‘These are the first of many steps Travis plans on taking as a part of his personal vow to assist those affected throughout their grieving and recovery process.’
A friend, going by the name Ana Lissa Marie, was distraught at the death of Jacob Jurinek, 21 – a childhood pal of Patino’s. Jurinek was studying art and media at Southern Illinois University, and had traveled to Houston with Patino to celebrate Jurinek’s birthday. She tweeted;
‘I lost all my respect for Travis Scott.
‘What happened was absolutely disgusting. RIP to all the ones that lost their lives. To Jacob Jurinek, you will be missed kid. thank you for all the laughs.
‘My condolences go to all the families that lost lives.’