The family of a 9-year-old boy who tragically died in the Astroworld tragedy rejected Travis Scott’s offer to pay for the cost of the funeral on Monday. The offer to help for Ezra Blount’s funeral was “declined,” according to the family’s attorney, Bob Hilliard.
Earlier this month, Ezra Blount’s family hired high-profile lawyer Ben Crump and co-counsel Bob and Alex Hilliard, who served Travis Scott and NRG Park with a lawsuit over the devastating event. A GoFundMe for the family has also raised over $111,175 as of Tuesday morning.
“I have no doubt Mr. Scott feels remorse,” attorney Bob Hilliard wrote. “His journey ahead will be painful. He must face and hopefully see that he bears some of the responsibility for this tragedy.”
Falling off the shoulders of his father, Treston Blount, 9-year-old Ezra Blount was trampled and separated from his father during the panic of the crowd surge at Astroworld. His father found him in a hospital hours later, where he was placed in a medically induced coma and eventually succumbed to his injuries.
“Travis is devastated by the tragedy that occurred at the Astroworld Festival and grieves for the families whose loved ones died or were injured,” Scott’s lawyer Daniel Petrocelli wrote in their letter to Ezra Blount’s family. “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. Toward that end, Travis would like to pay for the funeral expenses for Mr. Blount’s son.”
The letter also expressed that accepting the funeral costs would “have no effect” on the lawsuit filed by Crump and Hilliard, leading many fans to partially understand why Ezra Blount’s family would have turned down Travis’ offer.
“There may be, and I hope there is, redemption and growth for him on the other side of what this painful process will be,” Hilliard wrote back in response. “Perhaps one day, once time allows some healing for the victims and acceptance of responsibility by Mr. Scott and others, Treston and Mr. Scott might meet, as there is also healing in that.”
A previous offer for Travis Scott to meet with Ezra Blount’s family was also turned down. While they believed that Travis Scott wanted to express his grief and speak to the family, they stated that they didn’t want a “photo-op” moment to take away from the fact that they were suing and holding Travis Scott responsible for what happened to their son.
“To lose a child in the manner Treston lost Ezra compounds the pain,” the family’s attorney wrote in their letter back to Travis Scott. “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.”
“This isn’t a photo-op story here. This is a ‘who’s responsible and why’ type of investigation. And he’s on the shortlist,” their lawyer stated.
Daniel Petrocelli reportedly represented the Goldman family during the wrongful death trial that found O.J. Simpson liable for the deaths of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson, according to the New York Post.
Representing Ezra Blount, Ben Crump and the Hilliard’s have filed lawsuits on behalf of over 100 victims of the Astroworld tragedy, claiming physical and emotional damage.
“The suffering that this family is going through is immeasurable,” Ben Crump said in an official statement. “This little boy had his whole life ahead of him — a life that is currently hanging in the balance because of the reckless mismanagement that ensued at the Astroworld Festival.”
Ezra Blount was laid to rest on Tuesday, Nov. 23. Travis Scott, who is facing dozens of pending litigations dealing with the tragedy, has yet to comment on the Blount family’s rejection.