Friday, November 26, 2021

Investigation extends to fatal stampede at Houston rap concert

At least two investigations were underway Sunday during rap star Travis Scott’s Astroworld concert, one of which was the culprit, which killed at least eight people and injured dozens more in Houston.

Officials in Houston said Friday’s victims were being autopsied as soon as possible so that their bodies could be returned to family members, with the identities of some of the dead expected to be released Sunday.

The dead were young, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner told reporters Saturday: two were aged 14 and 16, two were aged 21, the other two were 23, seven were 27.

He said the eighth victim was yet to be identified.

Harris County Judge Lena Hildago called for an “objective, independent” investigation into the tragedy, as she spoke about a rap festival attended by 50,000 fans when the stampede occurred.

“Maybe the plans were inadequate. Maybe the plans were good but they weren’t followed,” Hildago said. “Those who died, the families of those affected deserve answers.”

In a 90-second video released on Twitter on Saturday, Scott said that, while on stage, “I couldn’t imagine the gravity of the situation.” He described himself as “absolutely devastated” by the incident.

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Houston City Police Chief Troy Finer said his department had launched a criminal investigation by murder and narcotics detectives following reports that someone in the audience was injecting people with drugs.

The city’s fire chief, Samuel Pea, said several concert goers had to be resuscitated with the drug overdose drug Narcan, including a security officer who was injected into the neck with a substance by a concert goer. Was.

The rest of the two-day festival has been canceled after disaster broke out at NRG Park at around 9.30 pm during a headline performance by Grammy-nominated singer and producer Scott at the climax of Opening Day.

Officials said the death occurred near the stage when the crowd moved towards it, some people suffering cardiac arrest and other medical trauma.


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