Prominent civil rights lawyer to represent family of boy in a coma after trampling at Houston concert -Breaking
© Reuters. The 2021 Astroworld Festival’s concertgoers were killed in a stampede in Houston. This memorial was built in Houston on November 9, 2021. REUTERS/Callaghan O’Hare
(Reuters) – Benjamin Crump, a prominent civil rights lawyer said he was part a team that was retained by parents for a child in a medically induced coma. The child had been trampled on at Houston’s Astroworld festival.
Crump identified the nine-year old as “EB” and he sustained life-threatening injuries during a weekend concert headlined by Travis Scott. The performance ended in a massacre that saw eight people die and many more get injured.
Crump stated Monday that “this little boy had his whole future ahead of him” in a statement. Crump made the announcement on Monday night.
According to NBC News, Ezra Blount (9 years old) was sitting on the father’s shoulders at the event, before falling in the crush.
After his family located him at Texas Children’s Hospital the boy went into a coma in order to combat the brain trauma.
Taylor Blount told NBC’s Today that the 9-year-old’s aunt said, “It’s just a bunch of things which could have prevented it.”
The Houston police chief stated that Scott briefly met with him to express his concerns about “public safety” prior to Scott taking the stage. A flurry of lawsuits has been filed on behalf concert-goers following Friday’s tragic crowd surge. Meanwhile, police have launched a criminal investigation into the tragedy.
These eight people, who ranged from age 14 to 27, were fans of high-quality music and dance.
At 9:30 pm, the victims were crushed by a crowd of NRG Park fans. Some could not breathe while others were trampled beneathfoot. Many others were also injured in the crowd, which numbered 50,000.
The scene was described by fans as chaotic after several hours of increasing disruptive behavior.
Scott said that he was devastated by the events and announced Monday that he will pay all funeral expenses. He also promised to offer assistance for those who were affected. According to a statement, he is working closely with city officials and law enforcement to help victims’ families and to provide “respectful and appropriate connections”.
Drake of Canada, made an appearance with Scott at Astroworld on Monday night. In an Instagram statement, Drake said that his heart is broken for Scott and the family members and friends of people who have lost their lives.
Several defendants including Scott, ScoreMore and Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE.) Inc have been the subject of more than a dozen lawsuits filed by victims and their family members.
The suit alleges that Live Nation acted negligently in failing to establish and enforce adequate safety protocols, providing sufficient security, and maintaining proper crowd control.
Live Nation released a Monday statement saying that it would “resolve all legal issues at the right time.” Scott representatives refused to comment on civil lawsuits filed.
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