As young as a high school freshman and from the faraway state of Washington. On Monday, authorities released the names of eight victims. after fans at the Astroworld Music Festival in Houston suddenly stepped forward as rapper Travis Scott took the stage.
Harris County officials did not disclose the cause and method of the victims’ deaths.… Michelle Arnold, spokeswoman for the Harris County Forensic Science Institute, which conducts all autopsies in Harris County, said in a statement that the information will become available in a few weeks.
Photos of some of the victims appeared over the weekend, when their families and friends shared stories with reporters and on social media.
According to Houston officials, the death toll ranged from 14 to 27 years old. As of Sunday, 13 people remained hospitalized. Harris County officials said Monday they did not have an update on those hospitalized.
City officials said they are in the early stages of investigating what caused the crowd at a Scott-sponsored sold-out event attended by some 50,000 fans.
‘I LOVED MY MOTHER’
Franco Patino, 21, was working on a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Dayton, specializing in the biomechanics of human movement, his father Julio Patino told The Associated Press. He was a member of Alpha Psi Lambda, the Hispanic Brotherhood and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and also worked in the Engineers Collaboration Program.
Patino described his son as a charismatic, energetic leader who was active in his community and determined to help people with disabilities. His son was working on a new medical device and wanted to find a way to help his mother walk again after she was seriously injured in a car accident in Mexico two years ago, Patino said.
Through tears, Patino described how his son, who was addicted to weight lifting, football and rugby, used his powers to break down the door and free his mom from the debris.
“He loved his mom,” Patino said. “He said that everything he did was trying to help his mom. The whole goal. “
Julio Patino, from Naperville, Illinois, was in London on business when the phone rang around three in the morning. He answered the call and heard his wife Teresita crying. She said that someone called from the hospital about Franco and that the doctor would call her soon. After 30 minutes, she called the doctor on the line.
“The doctor told us that our son had passed away,” Patino said.
Patino said the last time he spoke to his son was around 2:00 pm on Friday, when he assured his father that he was okay.
“I just said,“ Okay, just be careful, ”Patino said.
‘HUGE HOLE IN OUR LIFE’
Jacob “Jake” Yurinek, 20, attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, where he “developed his passion for the arts and the media,” his family said in a statement Sunday. He was two weeks short of his 21st birthday.
According to Patino’s father, Julio Patino, he attended the concert with his friend and former Patino soccer teammate. He was deeply devoted to his family and was known by his younger cousins as “Big Jake”.
He will be missed by his father, Ron Jurinek, with whom Jake has become especially close since his mother’s death in 2011.
“Over the decade since then, Jake and Ron have been inseparable – attending White Sox and Blackhawks games, sharing their love of professional wrestling, and spending weekends with big family and friends at Jake’s favorite place, the family cottage in Southwest Michigan,” in the family statement. said.
“We are all devastated and there is a huge hole left in our lives,” added his father, Ron Jurinek, in an email statement.
“CONVENIENT STUDENT, SPORTSMAN, SO POLITICAL”
Ninth grader Memorial High School John Hilgert, 14, was the youngest to die. Mourners over the weekend began tying green ribbons around the trees at the school in his memory.
He was at a concert with classmate Robbie Hendrix, whose mother, Tracy Faulkner, spoke to the Houston Chronicle.… The boys were hoping to get a good place to watch the show.
“Everything that night was a tragedy,” Faulkner told the newspaper. “John was a good student, athlete and very polite. He was the sweetest and smartest young man. “
‘SOLE OF COMPANY’
Madison Dubiski, 23, lived in Houston. According to a former classmate who spoke to the Houston Chronicle, she was a high school cheerleader and a member of a community group called the National Charity League.…
“She was definitely the soul of the party and loved by a lot of people,” Lauren Vogler told the newspaper.
She was her mom’s best friend and loved watching her brother play sports, family friend Claudia Sierra told the Chronicles.
Mirza “Dane” Baig, who identified himself on Facebook as AT&T’s regional manager and appeared to be a loyal fan of the Dallas Cowboys, was among those who died at the concert, his brother Basil Baig said on Facebook.
“He was a (innocent) young soul who always put others ahead of himself. He was a hardworking person, loved his family and took care of us. He was there in no time for anything. He always had a solution for everything, ”Basil Bag told ABC News.…
Beig’s funeral took place on Sunday in Colleyville in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Messages left to Basil Beig were not returned.
The county authorities identified him as Mirza Baig, but his brother said on Facebook that he is Danish. He was 27 years old.
Loved to dance
Brianna Rodriguez’s family told People Magazine that she was among the dead at the concert. She was 16, attended Heights High School and loved to dance, according to the family the magazine spoke to. Her family did not respond to the message left by the AP.
COMPUTER SCIENCE STUDENT
Axel Acosta Avila, 21, studied Computer Science at Western Washington University. His father, Edgar Acosta, told COMO-TV that his son was among the victims of the festival.
On Sunday, a school in Bellingham, Washington, released a statement: “By all accounts, Axel was a young man with a bright future. We express our condolences to his family on this very sad day. “
Acosta Avila was originally identified by the family by Acosta’s only surname, but on Monday his father said his full name should be used.
ASPIRATION BORDER AGENT
Rodolfo “Rudy” Pena, 23, from Laredo, Texas, attended Laredo College and wanted to become a border patrol agent, his girlfriend Stacey Sarmiento said. She described him as a person. Officials identified him as Rodolfo Peña, but his friends called him Rudi.
“Rudy was a close friend of mine,” she said. “We met in high school. He was an athlete. … He brought happiness anywhere. It was easy to get along with him. It always felt like positive vibes from him. “
“We all came to have a good time … it was just awful there,” she added.
Associated Press contributors Jamie Stengl and Juan Lozano of Houston contributed to this report. Chase reported from Dover, Delaware, and Catalini reported from Trenton, New Jersey.