Nine-year-old Ezra Blount, who was on life support for days after he was reportedly trampled at Travis Scott’s Astroworld music festival, has died from his injuries on Sunday, according to an attorney for the family.
Ezra’s father, Treston Blount told ABC13 how excited Ezra was to go to the concert in Houston, describing how he held his son high on his shoulders as the countdown began to Scott’s performance. They stayed towards the back of the crowd, thinking it would be calmer, but once Scott took the stage, people began pushing.
Treston lost consciousness after being unable to breathe from all the pressure being applied to him, while little Ezra fell to the ground and was “kicked, stepped on, and trampled,” as well as “nearly crushed to death,” by concertgoers, according to the lawsuit his family is placing against Scott.
When Treston regained consciousness, his son was nowhere to be found. He then rushed to the medic tents and pursued several hospitals in search of his son.
Eventually after filing a police report, he received word from an officer in the form of a message, which included a picture of Ezra. When he got to the hospital, Treston learned Ezra’s major organs had been damaged, his brain was swollen, and he was on life support.
“The Blount family is grieving the incomprehensible loss of their precious young son. This should not have been the outcome of taking their son to a concert, what should have been a joyful celebration,” said Ezra’s family’s attorney, Ben Crump in a statement.
“Ezra’s death is absolutely heartbreaking. We are committed to seeking answers and justice for the Blount family. But we stand in solidarity with the family, in grief, and in prayer,” the statement read.
The death of Ezra brought the total number of those killed during the stampede to 10, ranging from ages 9 to 27, as Reuters reports.