Another attendee has died after suffering severe injuries during the violent crowd surge at Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival in Houston, Texas, bringing the death toll to 9 as of Wednesday, November 10th.
The 22-year-old college senior attended the concert with her sister and cousin; they were separated during the crowd surge. After spending days in critical condition, relying on a ventilator to breathe, she was declared brain-dead on Wednesday night. It is reported that she had suffered multiple heart attacks after losing oxygen for minutes at a time.
Her cousin described the terrifying experience at the concert: “Once one person fell, people started toppling like dominos. It was like a sinkhole. People were falling on top of each other. There were like layers of bodies on the ground, like two people thick. We were fighting to come up to the top and breathe to stay alive.”
Concert crush injuries can be devastatingly severe, most commonly due to suffocation or the crush itself. Tragedies like the one at Astroworld can be prevented with careful forethought and event planning, neither of which were implemented by Travis Scott, the festival’s founder and headlining performer, or its many other organizers, including Live Nation.
22-Year-Old Astroworld Victim Remembered
Like the others who were taken too soon, the 22-year-old will be remembered with love, especially by her mother: “[She] is love. [She] is love. [She] is giving.”
She was studying electronic systems engineering at Texas A&M University, and she had a bright future ahead of her, having already secured a summer internship for next year, after graduation.
Her organs will be donated. “Always giving, no taking,” her mother said.
Our hearts go out to the family and friends of all the victims of this terrible tragedy. The concert injury lawyers at Arnold & Itkin will not rest until justice has been served on behalf of the 9 young people who have passed away as well as the hundreds more who have been injured or otherwise affected by the events at Astroworld.