The young boy died after spending days on life support. So far 10 people have lost their lives at Travis Scott’s Astroworld festival
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Ezra Blount, a 9-year-old boy who was trampled at Travis Scott’s Astroworld festival earlier this month, has died from his injuries. The young boy was on life support for days after he was injured at the festival. Ezra's father, Treston Blount, had lifted him onto his shoulders to stay above the crowd during the busy festival as the countdown began to Scott's performance at NRG Park on Nov. 5. His dad told local media they were excited to go to the show as Ezra was a young Travis Scott fan. "He was so stoked. He was ready to go," Treston recalled to ABC13.
Ezra Blount, the nine-year-old boy who was trampled in the crowd at Travis Scott's Astroworld festival, has died at the result of his injuries. He's the youngest victim in a tragedy that has now claimed 10 lives. https://t.co/C2CQ8zY8ev— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) November 15, 2021
The father and son were at the back of the crowd because Treston said he thought it would be calmer. But when the rapper got on stage people started pushing. Treston struggled for air and lost consciousness and Ezra fell to the ground and was trampled over by concertgoers. When Treston awoke he could not find his child. The distraught father went to on-site medic tents, as well as several hospitals. He then filed a police report. Later he received word from an officer and it did not sound good. He rushed to the hospital where he learned that his son suffered significant trauma in his brain, liver, and kidney. He was put on life support. On Sunday, the young boy passed away according to a statement released by the family’s attorneys. Ezra Blount is the youngest person to die from injuries sustained at the festival.
Treston Blount, Ezra's father, says he had his 9-year old on his shoulders during Travis Scott's performance at Astroworld a week ago today. Treston says he passed out and said he came to in a different part of the festival without knowledge of how he got there or where Ezra was. pic.twitter.com/0W1CC3SWuG— Mycah Hatfield (@MycahABC13) November 12, 2021
Ezra's family's attorney, Ben Crump, released the following statement: "The Blount family is grieving the incomprehensible loss of their precious young son. This should not have been the outcome of taking their son to a concert, which should have been a joyful celebration. Ezra's death is absolutely heartbreaking. We are committed to seeking answers and justice for the Blount family. But we stand in solidarity with the family, in grief, and in prayer." So far 10 people have died as a result of the crowd surge at the festival. Eight of those victims were pronounced dead the night of the concert. The ninth person, Bharti Shahani died on Wednesday of last week.
Ezra Blount’s grandfather on Travis Scott’s lack of support for the victims. He’s asking for accountability, the family has filed a lawsuit & is being repped by Ben Crump pic.twitter.com/bJwZhi6AQK— LilEsBella 💅🏽 (@LilEsBella) November 9, 2021
The young boy's grandfather Bernon Blount previously told local television station KTRK that the elementary school student traveled from his home in Dallas to attend the concert with his dad. Describing Ezra as “a baby,” he said he was “just going to a concert to have a good time with his father.” He continued, "How could this happen in the city of Houston? You know, when we go to concerts and different events we expect safety and security," adding, My grandson certainly didn't deserve it. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (D) took to Twitter to say that he was “saddened to learn of Ezra’s death this evening.” “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,” he wrote. “May God give them strength. RIP Ezra.”