A 9-year-old boy died Sunday, more than a week after he suffered critical injuries when he fell from his father’s shoulders during the deadly Astroworld Festival, according to Mayor Sylvester Turner.
Ezra Blount is the youngest of the now 10 victims of the Travis Scott show.
The child’s story captured attention across the country: Blount’s father hoped the show would be a bonding experience, his family said. Instead, as the crowd squeezed in, the father lifted the boy onto his shoulders to try to protect him.
Blount’s father passed out on that Nov. 5 night. He awoke to find the boy gone. The family located him at Texas Children’s Hospital, with damage to his lungs, kidney and heart. Doctors told them the child’s brain swelled after he went into cardiac arrest.
The family suspects he was trampled. They expected their “very bright star” would need a lifetime of care.
“The Blount family tonight is grieving the incomprehensible loss of their precious young son. This should not have been the outcome of taking their son to a concert, what should have been a joyful celebration,” attorney Ben Crump wrote in a statement on behalf of the family. “Ezra’s death is absolutely heartbreaking. We are committed to seeking answers and justice for the Blount family. But tonight we stand in solidarity with the family, in grief, and in prayer.”
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Ezra adored Travis Scott, skateboarding and Fortnite, according to social media. His grandmother, Tericia Blount, said her dimpled grandson could sing “like an angel.” A video shared by his father showed the pair goofing around. Ezra lived with his mother in Dallas.
Nine other people died from injuries they sustained that night, including a dancer, two friends about to celebrate a 21st birthday and a club baseball player who just started high school.
“I am saddened to learn of Ezra’s death this evening,” Turner tweeted shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday. “Our city tonight prays for his mom, dad, grandparents, other family members and classmates at this time. They will need all of our support in the months and years to come.”
His grandfather, Bernon Blount, declined to comment on the death Sunday evening. On Nov. 11, the family joined the growing number of concert-goers who filed lawsuits. The family sued, among the defendants, rapper Travis Scott, his management and the Astroworld promoters.
“Me and the family, we’re struggling with this,” Blount said at the time. “We’re struggling with seeing the injuries to our grandchild and what he had to go through to receive those injuries. We’re hurt and disappointed that the city would allow an event to go on like this and for people to be deceased. We just want to know who’s responsible.”
Other victims of the festival were: Brianna Rodriguez, 16, a Heights High School junior who loved to dance; Madison Dubiski, 23, a former high school cheerleader who encouraged her friends; Danish Baig, 27, a beloved brother expecting soon to be married; Franco Patiño, 21, a college student who impressed his father with his strength; Jacob Jurinek, 20, a young man who easily made friends; Rodolfo Peña, 23, an aspiring Border Patrol officer who dreamed of making the world safer; Axel Acosta, 21, a computer programming student; John Hilgert, 14, a Memorial High School freshman who wanted a prime spot for the show; and Bharti Shahani, 22, a Texas A&M University senior attending her first music festival.
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