John Hilgert, a ninth-grader at Memorial High School in Houston, was identified among the people killed in the Astroworld music festival tragedy last week. 

Of the eight concertgoers who died during a “stampede” at the beginning of rapper Travis Scott’s performance on Friday night, only Hilgert, 14, and four others have been publicly named. 

Officials said at least 25 people were hospitalized with injuries following the disaster at NRG Park, 13 of whom were still recovering as of Saturday, CNN reported

Astroworld Tragedy Victim John Hilgert Was ‘Athlete,’ ‘Good Student’

According to the Houston Chronicle, John Hilgert attended the Astroworld music festival with his lifelong friend, 15-year-old Robby Hendrix. The pair reportedly sought out a spot close to the stage for a good view of the show. 

Hendrix returned home safely after the concert, but Hilgert was killed in the commotion when other concertgoers rushed the stage at the beginning of Travis Scott’s set. 

Friends and loved ones mourned John Hilgert in statements to local reporters Saturday, after the 14-year-old was identified among the victims. 

“Everything about that night was a tragedy,” said Tracy Faulkner, Hendrix’s mom, who said she’s known Hilgert since he was a boy. “John was a good student and athlete and so polite. He was the sweetest and smartest young man.”

She noted that Hilgert, standing 6-feet tall, was a prolific baseball player and was a member of an “elite” travel team. 

John Hilgert, a 14-year-old high school freshman, died at the Astroworld music festival in Houston Friday after the crowd rushed at the stage during Travis Scott's performance.
John Hilgert, a 14-year-old high school freshman, died at the Astroworld music festival in Houston Friday after the crowd rushed at the stage during Travis Scott’s performance. Photo credit: Instagram

Hilgert’s baseball coach Justin Higgs recalled the 14-year-old as a “catcher, pitcher, shortstop, [and a] great kid.”

“John made an impact on anyone who met him and they always remembered him,” Higgs wrote on Instagram Saturday. “I have memories of John I’ll never forget. […] [It] was a privilege to coach this young man. […] One of the nicest human beings I’ve ever met. John was an Angel the whole time I knew him, impacting others for good and he himself was a legend.”

Faulkner said she bought her son tickets to the Astroworld festival as a birthday gift — a choice she now regrets.

“I told myself that it was like a big rodeo. But now as a parent, I question myself, ‘What was I thinking?’” she told the Chronicle

School, Community Mourns ‘Devastating Loss’

Memorial High School officials sent a letter to parents Saturday after the teenager was identified among the victims. 

“Our hearts go out to the student’s family and to his friends and our staff at Memorial,” wrote principal Lisa Weir. “This is a terrible loss, and the entire MHS family is grieving today.”

The school will reportedly offer grief counseling to students next week. 

John Hilgert, 14, was the youngest known victim of the Astroworld tragedy on Saturday, when 8 fans at a music festival died after concertgoers stampeded at the beginning of Travis Scott's set.
John Hilgert, 14, was the youngest known victim of the Astroworld tragedy on Saturday, when 8 fans at a music festival died after concertgoers stampeded at the beginning of Travis Scott’s set. Photo credit: Instagram

Investigation Ongoing into Astroworld Tragedy

In addition to 14-year-old John Hilgert — the youngest concertgoer who died — officials have identified Brianna Rodriguez, 16, Franco Patino, 21, Rudy Pena, 23, and Danish Baig, 27 as victims of the tragedy. The others killed at Astroworld reportedly include a 21-year-old, a 23-year-old, and another whose age has not been released. 

In a statement Saturday, Travis Scott said he was “absolutely devastated” by the carnage at his show. 

“My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival,” the 30-year-old rapper said. “Houston [Police Department] has my total support as they continue to look into the tragic loss of life.” 

8 people, including 14-year-old John Hilgert, were killed in the Astroworld tragedy at NRG park in Houston Friday. Police are investigating the incident.
8 people, including 14-year-old John Hilgert, were killed in the Astroworld tragedy at NRG park in Houston Friday. Police are investigating the incident. Photo credit: Shutterstock

Authorities are continuing to investigate the causes behind the deadly incident at the sold-out concert. 

Some reporting has indicated that the mood at the concert was “like a riot” even before the stampede at the beginning of Travis Scott’s set. 

Additionally, Houston police have claimed that a security guard at the show was “injected” with a drug during the commotion. Officials said the guard was later revived with naloxone, an opioid-overdose antidote.