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Entertainment Family of Youngest Astroworld Victim, 9-Year-Old Ezra Blount, Rejects Travis Scott's Offer to Pay for Funeral

19:41  30 november  2021
19:41  30 november  2021 Source:   people.com

8 dead, numerous injured at Astroworld Festival in Houston

  8 dead, numerous injured at Astroworld Festival in Houston HOUSTON (AP) — At least eight people died and numerous others were injured in what officials described as a surge of the crowd at the Astroworld music festival in Houston while rapper Travis Scott was performing. Officials declared a “mass casualty incident” just after 9 p.m. Friday during the festival where an estimated 50,000 people were in attendance, Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña told reporters at a news conference. “The crowd began toOfficials declared a “mass casualty incident” just after 9 p.m. Friday during the festival where an estimated 50,000 people were in attendance, Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña told reporters at a news conference.

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The family of Ezra Blount — the nine-year-old who died following Travis Scott's fatal Astroworld festival — has declined the rapper's offer to pay for the boy's funeral.

The family of 9-year-old Ezra Blount, who died after suffering injuries at Astroworld, will not accept Travis Scott's money to cover funeral costs © Taylor Hill/FilmMagic; Courtesy Taylor Blount The family of 9-year-old Ezra Blount, who died after suffering injuries at Astroworld, will not accept Travis Scott's money to cover funeral costs

Scott, 30, extended the offer on Wednesday, Rolling Stone reported, after Blount died on Nov. 14 as a result of sustaining injuries at the event, which took place on Nov. 5.

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A representative for Scott did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

"Your client's offer is declined," Blount family lawyer Bob Hilliard wrote in a letter to Scott's lawyer, Daniel Petrocelli, per Rolling Stone. "I have no doubt Mr. Scott feels remorse. His journey ahead will be painful. He must face and hopefully see that he bears some of the responsibility for this tragedy."

Hilliard added, "There may be, and I hope there is, redemption and growth for [Scott] on the other side of what this painful process will be — and 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."

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Blount was laid to rest on Nov. 23 at the Body of Christ Church in Dallas, and buried at Lincoln Memorial Park.

"Travis is devastated by the tragedy that occurred at the Astroworld Festival and grieves for the families whose loved ones died or were injured," Petrocelli wrote in an offer from Scott sent to Hilliard, per Rolling Stone. "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."

Taylor Blount Treston and son Ezra Blount © Provided by People Taylor Blount Treston and son Ezra Blount

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Ezra attended Astroworld with his father, Treston Blount. He fell from Treston's shoulders during a deadly crowd surge and was trampled by festival goers, ABC 13 Houston reported earlier this month. His injuries landed him in Texas Children's Hospital, where he was put in a medically induced coma after suffering brain swelling and organ damage.

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"I just think there should be some accountability, cause for my grandson to end up the way he did, something terrible happened. He's a small, innocent child, he didn't deserve that. He didn't deserve it at all," Ezra's grandfather, Bernon Blount, told ABC at the time.

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"He's just coming into town to see one of his favorite artists, and to be trampled like that, and really left in the hospital with no one knowing where he was, that's heartbreaking," he added. "As the citizens of Houston, we don't deserve it, and my grandson certainly didn't deserve it."

Ezra's family filed a lawsuit against Scott, Live Nation Entertainment, Scoremore Mgmt and others in early November. The suit alleges "grossly negligent conduct" contributed to Ezra's death after the boy was "kicked, stepped on, and trampled, and nearly crushed to death" while attending Astroworld.

The suit also "alleges negligence in a great number of aspects, including crowd control, failure to provide proper medical attention, hiring, training, supervision and retention" and seeks monetary relief of over $1 million.

In a statement shared with PEOPLE at the time, Live Nation said it would "continue to support and assist local authorities in their ongoing investigation so that both the fans who attended and their families can get the answers they want and deserve, and we will address all legal matters at the appropriate time."

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Astroworld Festival victim's family declined Travis Scott's offer to pay for their 9-year-old's funeral .
Rapper Travis Scott said he would pay the funeral costs of the people who died in a crowd crush at his Astroworld Festival in Houston -- but the youngest victim's family says it's declining his offer.Rapper Travis Scott said he would pay the funeral costs of the people who died in a crowd crush at his Astroworld Festival in Houston -- but the youngest victim's family says it's declining his offer.

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