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Investigations widen into deadly stampede at Houston rap concert

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Toro y Moi performed onstage at the third Astroworld Festival at NRG Park, Houston, Texas, November 05th, 2021.

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Two investigations into Sunday’s incident, including one that was criminal in nature, were already underway deadly stampede during rap star Travis Scott’s Astroworld music festival that killed at least eight people and injured dozens in Houston.

Houston authorities said that autopsies were underway on Friday for victims so they could return to their families. The identities of some deceased are likely to be made public on Sunday.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said that the dead were all young. Two were 14 years old, two were 16, and two were 21. Another two were 23. The remaining two were 23. A seventh was 27.

He added that an eighth victim is still to be identified.

Harris County Judge Lina Hildago called on an “objective and independent” investigation to the tragedy. Lina spoke of the attendance at the rap fest that was taking place when the stampede occurred.

“Perhaps they were not clear enough. Hildago suggested that the plans might have been good, but not followed. All those affected deserve answers, including the families of all those who lost their loved ones.”

Scott shared a video of himself onstage for 90 seconds, saying that he couldn’t imagine how severe the situation was. Scott described the event as “absolutely devastating”.

Troy Finner is the chief Houston police officer. He said that his team had initiated a criminal investigation using homicide investigators and narcotics detectives. The investigations were initiated in light of reports that someone was injecting drug users into their audience.

Samuel Pena, the city’s chief fire officer, stated that many concertgoers were revived by Narcan. One of them was a security agent who had apparently been given a drug in his neck.

Following the catastrophe at NRG Park around 9.30pm during Scott’s performance as the headliner, which was the highlight of the first day, all of the festival’s two-day event has been cancelled.

Officials said that the deaths occurred near the stage as the crowd surged toward it. Some suffered cardiac arrests or other trauma.

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