Boy, 9, Dies After Falling From Dad's Shoulders at Astroworld

He becomes the youngest victim of the Houston concert tragedy
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 11, 2021 2:40 PM CST
Updated Nov 15, 2021 12:02 AM CST
Ninth Person Dies From Houston Concert
The crowd watches as Travis Scott performs at Astroworld Festival at NRG park on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021 in Houston.   (Jamaal Ellis/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Update: The death toll from Houston's Astroworld festival has hit 10. The 9-year-old boy who was placed in a medically induced coma after likely being trampled at the Travis Scott concert Nov. 5 died Sunday, the Houston Chronicle reports. Ezra Blount's father brought him to the show as a bonding experience, and stayed toward the back of the crowd for safety, ABC 7 reports. He lifted the child onto his shoulders to protect him as the deadly crowd surge started. But Ezra, the youngest victim, fell from his father's shoulders after the man was crushed, struggled to breathe, and passed out; he woke up to find his son gone. He was found at a nearby hospital with damage to his lungs, kidney, and heart; he went into cardiac arrest and experienced brain swelling. Our original story from Nov. 11 follows:

A 22-year-old college senior who was critically injured at the Astroworld festival in Houston has died, the family’s lawyer said Thursday, making her the ninth person to die in a crowd surge after fans pushed toward the stage during a performance by Travis Scott. Bharti Shahani died Wednesday, attorney James Lassiter said during a news conference, per the AP. “Bharti was a shining star in the community,” Lassiter said. “She was a sister, a daughter, a high-achieving college student about to graduate from Texas A&M University with high, high grades.” Hundreds of others were injured in the surge Friday night as Scott took to the stage. A criminal investigation into the deaths at Astroworld is underway.

The police radio traffic from the Friday night concert, obtained by the Houston Chronicle, reveals how quickly law enforcement became aware of the rising danger. Scott took the stage in his hometown of Houston shortly after 9pm. "Looks like folks are coming out of the crowd complaining of difficulty breathing, crushing-type injuries,” one official said over the police radio around 9:21 pm, according to the audio. “Seems like the crowd is compressing on itself.” Around 9:30pm, another officer radioed in: “I’m at the medical tent. There’s a lot of people trampled and they’re passed out at the front stage.” Later, another officer says: "We’re getting multiple reports of people getting injured. We have another report of cardiac situation with CPR by the stage.” (More Travis Scott stories.)

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