Family of nine-year-old Astroworld victim reject Travis Scott’s offer to pay funeral costs

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Ezra Blount was the youngest of 10 people killed as a result of a crowding incident during Scott’s Astroworld set

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The family of nine-year-old Ezra Blount, who died following a “mass casualty” crowd gathering at Travis Scott’s Astroworld festival in Houston earlier this month, has declined an offer to cover the rapper’s funeral expenses.

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Ezra Blount was the youngest of 10 people who died as a result of a crowd during Scott’s headline set at Astroworld on November 5, which Ezra attended with his father, Tresten Blount. Ezra was reportedly knocked to the ground and trampled while his father fainted.

The boy was eventually taken to the hospital and placed in a medically induced coma following serious injuries to major internal organs, including his heart, brain, kidney and liver. Ezra died on the evening of November 14.

A few days after the events of Astroworld, Scott promised to cover funeral costs for the victims of the incident, which claimed 10 lives and injured hundreds. A statement at the time said that “Travis has taken the first of many steps as part of his personal pledge he is planning to assist those affected in their grieving and recovery process”. .

Rolling stone reports that an offer to pay for Blount’s funeral expenses was sent to Blount family attorney Bob Hilliard and co-lawyer Ben Crump on November 24, the day Ezra was cremated.

The letter, written by Scott’s lawyer Daniel Petroselli, expressed that the rapper was “devastated” by the events of Astroworld and “grieved for the families whose loved ones died or were injured”.

“Travis is committed to helping families who are suffering in the Houston community to begin the long process of healing. Towards that end, Travis will pay for the funeral expenses of Mr. Blount’s son. Would like,” it continued.

Petroselli noted that acceptance of Scott’s offer “will have no effect” on the negligence lawsuit filed by Ezra’s father against Scott, Live Nation and others. The letter came after Scott’s team had previously reached out to Crump about a possible in-person meeting between the rapper and Blount’s family, which he also declined.

Travis Scott performing at Astroworld 2021. credit: Erica Goldring/WireImage/Getty Images

In response seen by Rolling stone, Hilliard wrote back to Petroselli, rejecting the offer. “I have no doubt that Mr. Scott regrets it. His journey ahead will be tragic. He must face and hopefully bear some responsibility for this tragedy,” it read.

“Maybe, and I hope there is redemption and growth for him on the other side of this painful process – and maybe one day, some healing for once victims and allowing acceptance of responsibility by Mr. Scott et al., Treston And Mr Scott can be found, because there is healing in that too,” Hilliard continued.

“Losing a child in the same way that Treston has lost Ezra eases the pain. As a parent, Treston can’t help but feel at Ezra’s last-minute terror, anguish. , suffocated and at worst surrounded by strangers, his father fainted under the unruly crowd.”

In the weeks following the tragedy at Astroworld, several lawsuits have been filed against Scott, promoters of Live Nation and other entities associated with the festival.

Last week, it was reported that the parents of 14-year-old John Hilgert, who died during the set of Scott, had filed a lawsuit against Scott and Live Nation Worldwide. Two security guards contracted to work at the festival also filed a lawsuit last week, claiming they were both injured during Scott’s set.

Earlier this month, attorney Thomas J. Henry sued the incident for $2 billion on behalf of 282 people who hired him for legal representation, Scott, Live Nation, Drake (who appeared on stage during Scott’s set) and as defendants. Named more.

Henry commented in a statement at the time, “My clients want to make sure the defendants are held accountable for their actions, and they want to send a message to all artists, event organizers and promoters that what happened at Astroworld will happen again.” Can’t be.”

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