Identified: Brianna Rodriguez, Rodolfo Ruddy Pena, John Hilgert, Danish Baig, Franco Pationo
The youngest victim of the tragic Astroworld incident involving Travis Scott has been identified as a 14-year-old. Identified: Brianna Rodriguez, Rodolfo Ruddy Pena, John Hilgert, Danish Baig, Franco Pationo
Their names are Ayden Cruz (18) and Seanna faith (22) They were at Travis Scott #ASTROWORLDFest trying to raise awareness that people were dying but their efforts were unnoticed, they were booed for trying to get on stage to stop the show. @hhtxbri
The youngest victim of a tragic incident at the Astroworld festival has been identified.
According to Metro, the youngest victim to be crushed in the crush at the Texas festival, where about 50,000 people were in attendance, was 14-year-old John Hilgert.
John's baseball coach, Justin Higgs, honored the fallen teenager, who he said was a rising star in the sport.
In a post on Instagram, he wrote, “RIP John Hilgert. He got a call-up to the big leagues from the Almighty! John made an impact on everyone who met him, and they always remembered him. I have memories of John that I will never forget.”
R.I.P Brianna Rodriguez
"You had to love the guy. There's no way not to love him because that's the way he was. He loved the game of baseball. It was an honor to coach this young man. We pray for all of his friends, teammates and his family… especially for Ms. Hilgert."
"One of the nicest people I have ever met. John has been an angel the whole time I've known him … had a beneficial influence on others, and he himself was a legend. The legend of John.
"We shall meet again, John. Until then, keep us safe, my friend. Catcher, pitcher, shortstop, great guy. Lived his life to the fullest."
It should be noted that at least eight people died and dozens were injured in the crush.
Police are awaiting an autopsy to determine the cause of death, but say some of the victims were trampled.
Scott posted a 90-second video on social media late Saturday, saying that while on stage, "I just couldn't imagine the gravity of the situation."
Astroworld Festival in Houston: Travis Scott speaks out after mass panic
The disaster at the Astroworld festival occurred during a performance by rapper Travis Scott. About 50,000 people had flocked to the festival grounds to watch the Houston-born rapper. During his performance, there was a heavy crowd in front of the stage, then panic broke out as people fainted. More than 300 people had to be treated at a field hospital at the festival site. Scott commented Saturday morning (local time) via Twitter. "In am completely devastated by what happened last night," the 29-year-old wrote.
Video footage clearly shows how hundreds of people had stormed the festival grounds in Houston before the concert even began. Fences were torn down, a V.I.P. entrance completely torn apart. The sparsely represented security personnel and the few police officers present were completely overwhelmed. Presumably hundreds if not thousands of people more got on the area than intended. According to the organizers, the Astroworld festival was sold out with an audience of about 50,000 people. Originally, the concert was to have run over two days and featured other artists such as Earth, Wind & Fire, SZA and Bad Bunny.
Tragedy at Astroworld festival in Houston: Eight people die
However, clear accusations are now being made in the US against the organizers, who had not canceled the concert despite the situation in the entrance areas. A concertgoer told the U.S. portal Huffington Post that the atmosphere was already tense before Travis Scott's performance. "Then when he jumped on stage, everyone went crazy. Everything went haywire," Niaara Goods told the Huffington Post. Other eyewitnesses reported similar stories. "There was a lot of jumping in the front. If you didn't jump, you fell and got trampled," Angel Colon of Orlando, Florida, told local news station KHOU 11.
R.I.P: Seanna faith, Brianna Rodriguez, Rodolfo Ruddy Pena, John Hilgert, Danish Baig, Franco Pationo, Ayden Cruz