The lawyer for the family of a 9-year-old boy who was trampled at a Travis Scott concert in Houston said the child died from his injuries on Nov. 14.
Ezra Blount became the 10th person to die from injuries suffered in a stampede during the Astroworld Festival. The boy had been in a medically induced coma for about a week after being injured during the incident, according to a GoFundMe page set up by his father, Treston Blount.
“The Blount family tonight is grieving the incomprehensible loss of their precious young son,” family attorney Ben Crump told news outlets, confirming the child’s death. “This should not have been the outcome of taking their son to a concert.”
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner also offered his condolences and posted news about the boy’s death on Twitter.
“I am 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. May God give them strength. RIP Ezra,” he wrote.
“Ezra’s death is absolutely heartbreaking. We are committed to seeking answers and justice for the Blount family. But tonight we stand in solidarity with the family, in grief, and in prayer.”
The Astroworld concert promoter also issued a statement on the boy’s death.
“We are heartbroken by this news and our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends,” Live Nation, which is facing a lawsuit on behalf of Treston Blount, said in a statement on Nov. 14.
Treston Blount wrote on the GoFundMe that he and his son attended Astroworld and, with his son on his shoulders, he “began to be crushed until I couldn’t breathe,” and the elder Blount passed out.
When he woke up, he said, “My son was gone and due to his severe injuries which are swelling in the back of brain damage and trauma to nearly all organs … we are certain that he was trampled.”
Grandfather Bernon Blount said that when the boy was taken to the hospital, he was listed as John Doe.
“They did not know anything about him, his name or anything, because he got separated from my son,” Bernon Blount told CNN, adding that the boy “had cardiac arrest, which damaged his heart.”
Scott, who is facing a lawsuit over the incident, asked families of individuals who died or were injured to contact him.
“Over the last week, Travis Scott and his team have been actively exploring routes of connection with each and every family affected by the tragedy through the appropriate liaisons,” his representatives said in a statement last week.
“He is distraught by the situation and desperately wishes to share his condolences and provide aid to them as soon as possible but wants to remain respectful of each family’s wishes on how they’d best like to be connected.”