Monday, November 29, 2021

Funeral of a Western Washington University student who died at Astroworld

On Wednesday, family members held the funeral of Axel Acosta Avila, a Western Washington University student from Titon who died on November 5 at the Astroworld festival in Houston.

The service was held at the Highland Community Church in Kovic, Yakima County. Dozens of family members and friends gathered to honor the young man who had just turned 21 when he died. While most were dressed in black, some were dressed in bright colors to celebrate his life, as requested by one of his family members on social media before the service began.

Acosta Avila’s uncle, Thomas Acosta, ran a bilingual service. He gasped several times when describing his nephew, who was often called Antonio in the family after his grandfather.

He remembered Acosta Avila as a loving, family-oriented young man who spent his free time building computers, cooking and playing with his young nieces and nephews.

Avila’s grandmother Acosta, dressed in bright yellow and purple dress, performed a dance in honor of his life.

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Tomasz Acosta said that the family is empowered through their faith.

He also thanked everyone who made a donation to the family GoFundMe, which was created to help with funeral expenses, as well as those who kept Acosta Avila in their prayers.

“We share love with other families who have gone through this,” he said. “Our prayers are with them.”

Acosta Avila was born in Stockton, California and raised in Teton. He was in his freshman year at Western Washington University, where he studied computer science. He traveled to Houston to see rapper Travis Scott in concert at the Astroworld festival, where he was one of 10 victims to die in the crowd.

His family has joined more than 100 plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the organizers of the festival, which collectively claims more than $ 750 million, according to CNN.

Acosta Avila was buried at Terrace Heights Memorial Park.

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