Family of 9-year-old Astroworld victim rejects Travis Scott’s offer to cover funeral costs

Family of 9-year-old Astroworld victim rejects Travis Scott’s offer to cover funeral costs

The family of a 9-year-old boy who died following the chaos at Travis Scott’s Astroworld earlier this month has reportedly rejected the rapper’s offer to foot the bill for his funeral.

Ezra Blount was perched atop his father’s shoulders when the crowd surged and crushed them shortly after Scott took the stage at NRG Park on Nov. 5. His father lost consciousness and when he came to, Ezra had vanished.

The young boy was eventually found at a hospital, where he later died from injuries sustained during the music festival madness. Ezra was laid to rest during a public funeral in Dallas on Wednesday. The following day, his family received a letter from Scott’s lawyer, Daniel Petrocelli, according to Rolling Stone.

Ezra Blount

“Travis is devastated by the tragedy that occurred at the Astroworld Festival and grieves for the families whose loved ones died or were injured. Travis is committed to doing his part to help the families who have suffered and begin the long process of healing in the Houston community,” the note read.

“Toward that end, Travis would like to pay for the funeral expenses for Mr. Blount’s son.”

Petrocelli — famous for representing Fred Goldman at the wrongful death trial that found O.J. Simpson civilly liable for the deaths of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson — added that accepting the funds would “have no effect” on the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Ezra’s dad, Treston Blount, against the Grammy-nominated performer as well as others involved.

A woman walks past a memorial to those who died at the Astroworld festival outside of NRG Park on November 09, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (BRANDON BELL/)

“Your client’s offer is declined. I have no doubt Mr. Scott feels remorse,” the Blount family lawyer, Bob Hilliard, wrote in a response obtained by Rolling Stone.

“His journey ahead will be painful. He must face and hopefully see that he bears some of the responsibility for this tragedy.”

He added that “for now,” however Scott “must respect” that his own “devastation” is nothing compared to that of Ezra’s family, and likened their grief to “a faucet of unimaginable pain that has no off handle.”

“To lose a child in the manner Treston lost Ezra compounds the pain,” he wrote. “As a parent, Treston cannot help but agonize over the terrible idea that Ezra’s last minutes were filled with terror, suffering, suffocation and worst of all surrounded by strangers, his dad unconscious underneath the uncontrolled crowd.”

Ezra was one of 10 people who died following this year’s Astroworld, an annual multi-day music event launched by Scott in his native Houston Back in 2018. Some 50,000 people were at the sold-out festival opening night, when the crowd started to push toward the stage, creating a frenzied panic in among the packed audience.

According to a lawsuit filed by his family against Scott and the event’s organizer, Live Nation, Ezra incurred severe damage to his brain, kidney, and liver after being “kicked, stepped on, and trampled, and nearly crushed to death.”

The family is seeking $1 million in damages.

Source & Credit: msn.com

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