Family and friends gathered on Sunday to mourn the death of the first of eight fans at the Astroworld Festival held by Houston hip-hop star Travis Scott on Friday night Due to the surge in the population, the criminal investigation of the death is underway.
At the funeral in Colleyville Masjid in the suburbs of Dallas, the 27-year-old Danish Baig was an AT&T area manager. He was born in Karachi, Pakistan and attended high school in Yulis, Texas. It was a joy to be remembered by relatives , A devout Muslim, he likes to be with his family.
“He is an amazing soul,” Basil Mirza Baig, 25, said in a telephone interview after the funeral. “His smile will light up the whole room. He has the biggest heart, the biggest heart in the room.”
Basil Baig, who attended the concert with the Danish and his fiancee Olivia Swingle, said his brother was killed while trying to protect Swingle because people in the crowd stomped her feet, hitting her on the face, arms and legs.
“He was there one second, and left the next second,” Baig said, noting that he was separated in the crowd in front of his brother and Swinger. “My sister-in-law fell; he tried to save my sister-in-law, and then they left in the next second. The crowd just pushed, pushed, hit, and did terrible things.”
“I can’t find them,” he sobbed. “I looked around. And I couldn’t find them.”
Baig said his brother’s childhood sweetheart Swingle was taken to the hospital on Friday night. He said that on Sunday, she attended the funeral and had bruises on her face and body.
“There is still blood in her eyes,” he said.
Houston officials are investigating the cause of the deadly commotion, which also injured concert audiences including a 10-year-old hospitalized critically ill patient.
Late Sunday, the Houston Forensic Doctor has not yet released the autopsy results.
Houston police and fire officials have not yet commented on the cause of death of the victims. At a press conference on Saturday, they said that some concert audiences were trampled on. Authorities said at least one security guard was treated with the opioid overdose antidote Narcan because of a needlestick injury to his neck. The police said that investigations into homicide and drug cases are ongoing.
This weekend, an injured concert audience, Manuel Sosa, filed at least one lawsuit against concert promoter Scott in the Harris County District Court in Houston. Living country, The co-organizer ScoreMore and Scott’s Cactus Jack Records. The lawsuit alleges that concert organizers “failed to properly plan and hold concerts in a safe manner…ignoring the extreme risk of harm to concert audiences, and in some cases actively encouraging and inciting dangerous behavior.”
Baig accused Scott of encouraging the chaos and not stopping the show. He said his family also plans to file a lawsuit.
“He didn’t stop performing because people died,” he said, noting that his brother died at the end of the event. “His hands are covered with blood. He is responsible for this. Everyone associated with Astroworld is responsible.”
During the outdoor activities, emergency vehicles rushed in in front of 50,000 people, and Scott continued his performance. About 30 minutes later, Apple Music broadcasted his live broadcast. The rapper noticed the blue and red flashing lights and said: “There is an ambulance in the crowd. Uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu the It will last about 40 minutes.
On Sunday, Scott said on Twitter that he was “shocked” by the tragedy and he promised to “fully support” investigators. In an Instagram post, he said “Anytime I can figure out what is going on, I will stop the show and help (fans) get the help they need.” He “can never imagine the seriousness of the situation,” he Added.
The dead included 14-year-old John Hilgert, a freshman at Houston Memorial High School, which issued a statement confirming his death. On Sunday, supporters tied green ribbons around the fence—the color of the school—in memory of him.
“This kid affects everyone who meets him,” Higgert’s former baseball coach Justin Higgs said. Write on facebook“It’s an honor to have the opportunity to coach him during those seasons in his life.”
Also killed was 16-year-old Brianna Rodriguez, a junior at Heights High School, where she participated in the dance team.
“She is an excellent student and loves to dance,” former teacher Linda Gordon said via Facebook Messenger. “She has a younger brother and younger sister, they are very close! She has great potential.”
Gordon said that other former students attended the concert and survived.
“I’m still in shock, crying every day,” she said. “…I pray that they will find a solution to prevent this from happening again.”
The dead also included Rodolfo Angel Peña, 23, an aspiring model and psychology student from Laredo, Texas; Axel Acosta, 21, a student at Western Washington University; Franco Patino, 21, Dayton University student; Jacob Jurinek, 20, student of Southern Illinois University; and 23-year-old Madison Dubsky of Houston.
“In every way, Axel is a young man with a vibrant future. On this very sad day, we express our condolences to his family,” said Merlin, vice president of admissions and student services at Western Washington University. Dachsky said.
On Sunday, some of Dubsky’s relatives visited a temporary memorial outside the concert venue, but they declined to comment. The portrait of Dubsky-long blonde hair draped in a pink coat-is placed in rows of bouquets and notes, which are those of those who linger all day to pay their respects.
Among them was Maximilano Alvarado, a 20-year-old from Houston, who was texting with a friend who was hospitalized after an ankle injury at a concert.
“I just came to support,” Alvarado said.
Leya Contreras, 24, from San Antonio, came to pay tribute to her mother after attending the concert. She said there she escaped from the crowds but saw a woman undergoing cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
“This may be my daughter,” said Bonnie Contreras, 39, as they stood facing Dubsky and Patino among dozens of bouquets on the fence of the arena. And pictures of other victims.
Among the injured was 23-year-old intensive care nurse Madeline Eskins (Madeline Eskins), who fainted due to the influx of crowds even before Scott came to power. She woke up in a less crowded VIP area, where she said she saw security guards put down more people, some with bleeding noses or mouths, and then went back to take more people from the crowd.
Eskins, from Conroe, north of Houston, said that a young man had his eyes fixed on the back of his head.
“Has anyone checked her pulse?” She recalled yelling at the security guard, and the security guard said no. Then she checked and saw no response, and instructed the guards to obtain emergency medical assistance.
Eskins said medical staff did not have the tools needed to save lives. When she asked for an automatic external defibrillator (an electronic board used to treat cardiac arrest in an emergency), a doctor said that they only had one and gestured to a woman whose shirt was in the other doctor’s It was torn during cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
“They were unprepared,” Eskins said. “They are more worried about their stupid Apple live broadcasts than people are actually going to die. Travis admitted that someone in the crowd needed an ambulance and passed out. He just kept going.”
Suzy Exposito, a special writer for the Los Angeles Times, contributed to this report.