Astroworld: Crush victims named

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Victims have been identified after eight people were killed during a crowd surge at a music festival in Texas.

At least eight people – including a 14-year-old – died and around 300 were injured in a crush at the Astroworld Festival on Friday night.

The victims include Danish Baig, 27, who risked his life in a bid to save a relative, 21-year-old college student Franco Patino and 16-year-old dancer Brianna Rodriguez.

Chaos unfolded at around 9pm on Friday night when the crowd that had gathered for a performance by Travis Scott began to push toward the front of the stage, causing panic and injuries.

In an act of heroism, victim Danish Baig tried to rescue a family member during the crowd congestion.

“My brother tried to save my sister-in-law from these horrendous acts that were being done to her in the process he lost his life”, he brother Basil wrote on Facebook.

“I am lost of words and in trauma from this event. I was there and I wasn’t able to save my brother. People were hitting, pushing and shoving and did not care for anyone’s life.”

He praised his brother for having a “beautiful soul” and a smile that “would light up the room and put everyone before himself.”

The youngest victim of the melee was John Hilgert, a 6ft tall 14-year-old from Houston who has been described as a bright student and keen baseball player.

Danish Baig (pictured, right) died while trying to rescue a family member during a crowd surge at the Astroworld Festival in Texas (Facebook)
Danish Baig (pictured, right) died while trying to rescue a family member during a crowd surge at the Astroworld Festival in Texas (Facebook)
Keen dancer Brianna Rodriguez (pictured) is one of eight victims who died during a crowd surge at a Travis Scott concert on Friday night (Facebook)
Keen dancer Brianna Rodriguez (pictured) is one of eight victims who died during a crowd surge at a Travis Scott concert on Friday night (Facebook)
Victim Franco Patino (Facebook)
Victim Franco Patino (Facebook)

Franco Patino, an engineering student at the University of Dayton, also lost his life in the tragedy.

Patino, from Illinois, was a member of fraternity Alpha Psi Lambda and a popular figure on campus.

Dancer Brianna Rodriguez’s family mourned the loss of their loved one, writing: “Gone from our sites (sic), but never from our hearts.

“It is with profound sadness we lay to rest our beloved Brianna Rodriguez…Dancing was her passion and now she’s dancing her way to heaven’s pearly gates.”

Houston Police Chief Troy Finner has said that their homicide and narcotics divisions would be investigating the matter.

“We do have a report of a security officer, according to the medical staff that was out and treated him last night, that he was reaching over to restrain or grab a citizen and he felt a prick in his neck," he said.

"When he was examined he went unconscious. They administered Narcan. He was revived and the medical staff did notice a prick that was similar to a prick that you would get if somebody is trying to inject."

Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña vowed to thoroughly examine video footage to find out what caused the surge.

Rapper Travis Scott said he was “devastated” by the traumatic incident.

In a statement posted on social media, he said: “I’m absolutely devastated by what took place last night. My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival.

“Houston PD has my total support as they continue to look into the tragic loss of life.

“I am committed to working together with the Houston community to heal and support the families in need.”

Travis Scott performing at the Astroworld Music Festival, shortly before at least 8 people were killed in a crowd surge (Amy Harris/Invision/AP)
Travis Scott performing at the Astroworld Music Festival, shortly before at least 8 people were killed in a crowd surge (Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

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