This past Friday, Houston hosted a sold-out music festival that sported an estimated 50,000 before the even went south and deadly as the headliner for the vent started their set.
As reported by the Associated Press, the throng of people had gathered there for an intensive two-day event held out in NRG Park at Astroworld “suddenly surged toward the stage during a performance by rapper Travis Scott, squeezing fans so tightly together that they could not breathe or move their arms and killing eight people in the chaos” and sending quite a few others to the hospital with injuries. As stated by the outlet, “As a timer clicked down to the start of the performance, the crowd pushed forward.”
“Everyone was passing out around you, and everyone was trying to help each other. But you just couldn’t move. You couldn’t do anything. You can’t even pick your arms up,” stated Nick Johnson, a high school-aged student who was in attendance at the concert, stated to the AP. “It just got worse and worse.”
The officials running the event were forced to shut it down roughly 40 minutes after law enforcement officials observed the people in attendance “going down.” The police stated that a “mass casualty incident” had taken place at 9:38 p.m. As reported by the Houston Chronicle, “concert attendees said Scott appeared to play his whole set and finished at 10:15 p.m.”
As the person that was identified by CNN as one of the organizers for the entire Astroworld Festival, Scott “was on the outdoor stage when he paused and looked at the crowd in confusion as an ambulance with flashing lights move through the audience,” reported the news source.
While currently pregnant with Scott’s second child, Kylie Jenner reportedly was in attendance at the festival and even posted short clips of Scott’s performance all over her social media platforms as groups of first responders struggled to push through the crowd in order to help those injured and trapped. Jenner has since deleted these videos, and in a statement on Sunday, said that the couple did not know anything had taken place until well after the concert.
“I want to make it clear we weren’t aware of any fatalities until the news came out after the show and in no world would have continued filming or performing,” she claimed to her Instagram followers.
In the morning on the following Saturday, Scott had put forth a statement that said that he was “absolutely devastated by what took place.”
— TRAVIS SCOTT (@trvisXX) November 6, 2021
“Houston PD has my total support as they continue to look into the tragic loss of life,” stated Scott. “I am committed to working together with the Houston community to heal and support the families in need. Thank you to Houston PD, Fire Department and NRG Park for their immediate response and support. Love You All.”