Ten individuals left dead, and many left injured at Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival in Houston


Chinel Okoye, Staff Writer

Ten people have died, at least 11 went into cardiac arrest and over 300 people have been injured due to a crowd surge at Travis Scott’s recent festival for his latest album “Astroworld” in Houston on Nov. 5. An additional 2 people have now been added to the victim list following the recent event. The festival took place at NRG Park where approximately 50,000 people attended the sold-out show.


According to investigators, the crowd surge started around 9:15 that night, and was then declared to be an event of mass casualty by 9:38 according to ABCnews.com. The event was being live-streamed, and rapper Travis Scott was seen performing on stage. Ambulance lights were then seen flashing, pulling into the venue to help rescue injured people in the crowd. The festival ended at 10:10 according to CNN.com. There wasn’t an official time that the concert was supposed to end, but it was stopped earlier than scheduled. Officials also say that the concert should have been stopped immediately after the chaos started, according to CNN.com.  


Madeline Eskins, an ICU nurse who was in attendance at the festival, talked about the severity of the situation, and how it escalated from her trying to land a spot near the front, to complete chaos. “So right when he started performing his first song, I looked at my boyfriend and said, ‘We have to get out of here.’ He said, ‘I can’t. We can’t.’ We couldn’t. And then I just remember looking up and passing out,” Eskins said. “Someone pulled me over a fence and I was sat in a chair, and then I passed out again.” Another fellow attendee also stated how the festival experience felt like “drowning in a pool filled with just people,” according to CNN.com. 

More than 300 people were treated for injuries at a field hospital that was set up at the festival, and one of the youngest victims, a 10 year old, was reportedly in critical condition according to CNN.com.


The 10 victims who died at the concert have been identified. The victims ages ranged from 9-27:

Mirza Danish Baig, 27, HOU.

Rodolfo Peña, 23, Laredo

Madison Dubiski, 23, Cypress

Franco Patiño, 21, Illinois

Jacob Jurinke, 20, Illinois

John Hilgert, 14, HOU

Axel Acosta Avila, 21, Washington

Brianna Rodriguez, 16, HOU

Rodolfo “Rudy” Peña, 23, Texas 

Ezra Blount, 9, Dallas

Bharti Shahani, 22, Texas


Festival organizers released a statement on Saturday Nov. 6 via Twitter about the tragedy. “Our hearts are with the Astroworld Festival family tonight — especially those we lost and their loved ones,” they wrote. “We are focused on supporting local officials however we can.” 


Travis Scott also released a statement on Twitter after the events, “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,” Scott stated in a tweet. “Houston PD has my total support as they continue to look into the tragic loss of life,” he continues. “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.” Scott also released an apology video following the incident via Twitter

 It is still unclear what exactly triggered the events that unfolded that night, whether it was single-handedly the crowd surge, or if there were other factors that led up to the chaos.