Excitement and adrenaline quickly turned into panic and horror when a crowd of 50,000 messed up at the Astro World Music Festival in Houston on Friday night. The unconscious body was lifted and surfed through the crowd, and other participants begged to stop the concert after seeing others fall around.
Hundreds of people were injured, including a 10-year-old child. Some rushed to the hospital from NRG Park in Houston, where the festival was held.Mayor of Houston by Saturday afternoon Confirmed Thirteen victims, including five minors, remain hospitalized.
Eight people between the ages of 14 and 27 died, and the age of one was unknown. This is what we know about some of the lost lives.
- 1 Franco Patino
- 2 John Hilgart
- 3 Briana Rodriguez
- 4 Rudy Pena
- 5 Danish big
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Franco Patino, 21, a senior at Dayton University in Ohio, was one of the people who died at the music festival, confirmed by the university and one of Patino’s brothers.
The university said in a campus-wide email on Saturday that Patino from Naperville, Illinois had majored in mechanical engineering and a minor in biomechanics of human movement. According to the university, Patino was a member of the Hispanic Professional Engineers Association and Hispanic stakeholder Alpha Psi Lambda.
Brother Julio Patino Jr. said his younger brother was planning to pursue a career in biomedical engineering and was particularly interested in prosthetic limbs. Julio Patino Jr. said his brother was active in volunteering and regularly tried to help others.
“He was just that type of person,” he said. “He was always there for those who care. He had a big heart.”
He described his brother as an avid video game player (who liked “Call of Duty”) who competed in football, rugby and wrestling in high school. He said his brother had gone to another concert without incident, but this was his first time attending the Astroworld Festival.
“This should never have happened,” Julio Patino Jr. said of his death at the music festival. “In the future, we need to set more rules to prevent this. We should have stopped the concert as soon as all this started happening.”
A green ribbon has arrived at Memorial High School in the suburbs of Houston. According to officials, it was the favorite color of Astroworld’s youngest and dead freshman John Hilgart, 14,.
The Houston Chronicle told a friend that he wanted to see rapper Travis Scott perform early. Now family, friends and former coaches are left to understand his death. On social media, people who knew Mr. Hilgart told a similar story about a young and kind boy known as a talented student and an athlete who played baseball and football.
“The child influenced everyone who met him,” Higgart’s former baseball coach Justin Higgs wrote on Facebook. “I am honored to have had the opportunity to teach him during those seasons of his life.”
The morning after the concert, Hilgart’s principal, Lisa Weir, sent an email throughout the school identifying him as one of the victims. The school has a counselor to talk to students.
“He was one of the nicest kids I know and always made people laugh,” a friend said. Tweet..
Briana Rodriguez, 16, was a student at Heights High School in Houston and a member of a school band that paid tribute to her on Saturday. twitter..
“Briana was the one who played with the band and everyone could smile at any time,” the band said. “She’s gone and can’t play with us anymore, but we know she still wants to enjoy our time at high altitude.”
In an automatic call to parents on Saturday, school principal Wendy L. Hampton said a student died on Friday night while away from campus and a grief counselor would be available. The call did not identify the student.
On the GoFundMe page for collecting funeral expenses, Rodriguez’s family said she was passionate about dancing.
On Sunday, Harris County Department of Education trustee Erica Davis took a photo of her. twitter..
“There is nothing more than a tragedy … my heart mourns my family and everyone who has experienced this,” said Davis.
Rudy Penha was identified as one of the victims by her cousin Kimberly Escamilla. “Get into my cousin,” she wrote in a Facebook post. She described him as “always smiling and very nice.”
His sister Jennifer Penha told the Laredo Times that he was “the sweetest, most friendly and extroverted.” She said Mr. Penha was taken to the Ventaub Hospital in Houston, where staff told Mr. Penha’s mother that he had died.
The Danish Baigue brothers described him as “everyone takes precedence over himself” and “a beautiful soul” in a Facebook post.
“I’m scared for the rest of my life,” said brother Basil Mirza Byg. “You were my role model, and I have so much pain in my heart. I can’t believe I lost you.”
Basil Byg, who attended the festival, said his brother died as he tried to save his sister-in-law from “the horrifying things that were happening.” People were “trampled, walked, trampled,” he wrote.
“At this time of mourning and sorrow and such pain, I want everyone to pray for my family and my brothers,” he wrote.
Report provided by Melina Delkitch, Eduardo Medina, Christopher Mel When Neil Vigdor.. Jack Begg contributed to the research.