Danish Baig, 27, has been identified as one of the eight people killed by a stampede at Travis Scott’s Astroworld concert. A 21-year-old victim was a student at the University of Dayton (Ohio). His name was Franco Patino.
Writing on Facebook Sunday, Basil Baig, Danish’s brother, said that Danish Baig “tried to save my sister in law from these horrendous acts that were being done to her in the process she lost her life.”
He said the music festival that brought about this Astroworld Disaster was “managed poorly and supervised by such horrible people” and cost the world Danish Baig’s “beautiful soul.”
He blamed Scott for continuing to perform even as the disaster unfolded.
The Facebook account also served for an announcement of the funeral arrangements. Services for Danish Baig will be held Monday at Colleyville, Texas.
“Please join us if you can guys and come make a prayer with us.”
Travis Scott, a high-profile rapper and performer, was on stage at Houston’s NRG Park Saturday when, after what observers call an escalation of unruly behavior, fans started to press forward toward the stage en masse.
The effects were devastating. At least eight were killed, and dozens more were reportedly injured.
Outside the venue, officers told reporters that the size of the audience was around 50,000. As it pressed forward, some people fell unconscious, some endured cardiac arrest or other medical issues. The shocking chaos has been declared a “mass casualty incident.”
The Chief of the Houston Police Department, Troy Finner, revealed that his department has opened a criminal investigation. What happened to cause the crowd surge is not entirely clear, but there have been reports (unconfirmed) that someone in the audience was “injecting other people with drugs” as part of the escalation of events. Both the narcotics and the homicide detectives will be involved in the investigation.
Houston’s fire chief Sam Peña also spoke Saturday of the necessity for investigation. The Fire Department’s investigation will in cover “what caused, one, the issue of the crowd surge, and two, what prevented people from being able to escape that situation.”
Travis Scott, in a statement on Twitter, said Sunday that he is “absolutely devastated by what took place last night.” He said he is sending out his prayers to all the families affected by this shocking loss of life.
“Thank you to Houston PD, Fire Department and NRG Park for their immediate response and support. Love You All,” he concluded.
Police say that the promotor of the event, Live Nation, agreed to cut the show shortly after multiple people collapsed at 9:38 p.m. Yet Scott appeared to play out his whole set, finishing more than half an hour later, with the song “Goosebumps.”
A performer may not always be aware of what is happening in the crowd. But it is common for performers, especially those with fast-moving acts such as Scott’s, to have an earpiece that gives him or her a direct line to the producer. Such a line would have allowed for a quick end to the show.
Another of the victims who has been identified was a student at the University of Dayton (Ohio), Franco Patino, 21, according The Dayton Daily News. The paper identified Patino as a mechanical engineering major who came to the University from Naperville, Ill.
Patino was a member of a Hispanic interest fraternity, Alpha Psi Lambda, and active in both the Greek and the mechanical engineering circles on campus. He was a member of the Society of Hispanic Engineers.
Patino will have a campus memorial service, but information on that is pending.
Live Nation has canceled the planned second day of the festival. Houston officials, and those of Harris County, have defended their planning for the event. But officials have also pledged a full investigation.
Some grisly accounting is underway as to where this event ranks of the “deadliest concert ever” league table. The Houston Chronicle says that it ranks in the top ten.