The death toll in the Astroworld festival stampede rose to nine with the death of a 22-year-old student in Texas on Wednesday, according to a family lawyer.
A stampede of fans at rap star Travis Scott’s Astroworld festival on Friday killed nine people aged 14 to 27 and injured dozens. A 9-year-old boy is still hospitalized in critical condition, police said.
Texas A&M University student Bharti Shahani died of “horrific injuries” sustained at the rap concert, family lawyer James Lassiter said Thursday. She attended the concert with her sister and cousin who survived.
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“We want to make sure that the people who have decided to put profits before the safety of children’s lives are held accountable,” Lassiter said at a press conference attended by Shahani’s family.
Police continue to interview witnesses and establish a timeline of events leading up to the deaths, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said on Wednesday.
Authorities informed the promoter during Scott’s performance that cardiopulmonary resuscitation was in progress on one or more participants and requested a stop to the concert, Finner said.
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Scott’s attorney criticized the police statements as inconsistent. Houston officials should stop “pointing fingers so that together we can identify exactly what happened and how we can prevent something like this from happening again,” attorney Edwin McPherson said.
At least 50 lawsuits have been filed against producer Live Nation Entertainment Inc and Scott over deaths and injuries related to Friday’s concert.
– Report by Erwin Seba