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Astroworld Festival: Funeral services underway for victims as dozens of lawsuits are filed for the tragedy

Rodriguez was a junior at Houston Heights High School, according to her family. Her funeral will be held at La Paz Memorial Funeral Home in Houston.

“Dancing was her passion and now she dances to the gates of Heaven,” according to a verified GoFundMe account created by her family.

Onlookers described the crushing crowd as being as terrifying as a “death trap”, with many believing they wouldn’t make it out alive. Participants started pushing towards the stage when Scott entered, they said.

“It wasn’t a concert; it was a fight for survival,” attendee Jeffrey Schmidt told CNN.

Authorities have not disclosed the causes of death of the victims and said it could take weeks. In the meantime, the investigation into the course of the fatal crash remains ongoing.

With around 50,000 people in attendance, the security measures for the event came under scrutiny. A series of lawsuits have been filed against Scott, the festival organizer and others implicated by the families of the victims and survivors.
Lawyer Ben Crump, along with a coalition of Houston lawyers, announced on Friday that they represent more than 200 victims who attended the festival and have filed more than 90 lawsuits in Harris County Civil Court against the promoter Live Nation and others involved in the fatal event.

“Some of these victims were catastrophically injured,” Crump said, asking for continued prayers for his 9-year-old client, who remains in a coma.

Houston officials have identified the artist and others involved in the event as being responsible for the chaos that unfolded that night.

Scott said he was unaware of what was going on in the crowd during his filming – disputing the account by city officials of his responsibility for the tragic events.

New details appear

Although several testimonies say the worst of the crowd influx occurred around 9:00 p.m. CT on November 5, red flags were seen much earlier today.

Shortly after the festival started at 9 a.m., spectators had already walked through the main gate, according to handwritten newspapers obtained by CNN on Friday.

At least eight other violations would be reported throughout the day, with 3,000 to 5,000 spectators who had “not been scanned” entering the hall at 5:05 pm, according to the newspapers.

Astroworld Festival: Funeral services underway for victims as dozens of lawsuits are filed for the tragedy

Newspapers show that several participants were injured and taken to hospital in the morning and afternoon. And shortly before 5:00 p.m., the Houston Police Department reported “dangerous crowd conditions” at one point.

Eight minutes before Scott took the stage at 9 p.m., more than 260 people had already been treated, according to the logs, which did not specify the type of treatment. And a 9:18 p.m. entry noted a “crush injury.”

Less than half an hour after Scott’s performance began, the diary read, “This is when it all came true.”

“Several trampled people passed out in front of the scene” at 9:33 pm, police reported. Shortly after, a police operator reported five calls to 911 involving “unconscious people in the crowd.” Report of a possible CPR ”.

A massively casualty incident was reported at 9:52 p.m., according to newspapers. From around 10 p.m. to 11:40 p.m., 17 people had been sent to hospitals, including at least six people with cardiac arrest.

Lawyer says Scott was unaware of mass casualty report

It is not known what Scott saw of the scene and if he was aware of the crowd conditions, but it continued to perform until around 10:10 pm.

Scott was not aware of the statement of the large number of victims or the extent of what happened until the next morning, his lawyer said on Friday.

“That (mass casualty claim) never reached Travis, it never reached Travis’ crew,” attorney Ed McPherson told ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

“He’s up there trying to play. He has no ability to know what’s going on down there.”

Scott was “on a riser at one point and he sees a boy come down … stop the show, [and] he asked security to reach that person, ”McPherson told ABC.

“Understand that when he’s on stage, he has flashes going off around him, and he has an ear monitor that plays music and his own voice – he can’t hear anything, he doesn’t can’t see anything, ”McPherson added.

Funeral services provided for victims

Scott said he was devastated by the tragedy, adding that he would cover all funeral costs for the victims and help fund mental health support for those affected.

At least two funerals have taken place before Saturday, with more scheduled for the next week, according to family members and notices posted by various funeral homes.

The funeral for Danish Baig, 27, who died trying to save his fiancee, took place on Nov. 7 in Colleyville, Texas, his brother, Basil Baig, told CNN.

Another brother, Mirza Ammar Baig, said the Danes plan to buy a house for their parents by the end of the month.

Astroworld Festival: Funeral services underway for victims as dozens of lawsuits are filed for the tragedy

“It’s unbearable. It’s indescribable,” he said of his brother’s death. “I’m the older brother, but he was the older brother to me. He led this family in a direction I couldn’t have done otherwise.… Waking up and not being able to hear his voice, touch him, the kissing, telling him how much we love him, that’s not going to happen anymore. And the way he’s left this world, it’s not fair. “

On Friday, the funeral for Rodolfo Peña, a 23-year-old who studies at Laredo College, was held in Laredo on Friday, according to the funeral home.
“While Rudy has many positive attributes, the one attribute that stands out above all else is his infectious, warm and sincere smile,” read his obituary.

CNN’s Keith Allen, Melissa Alonso, Ray Sanchez, Jason Hanna, Rosa Flores and Ed Lavandera contributed to this report.


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