Astroworld festival victims die of “compression asphyxiation”, medical examiner says

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The November 5 musical event in Houston turned deadly after crowded crowds rushed to an outdoor stage where headliner Travis Scott was performing.

Those killed have been identified as Danish Baig, Rodolfo Peña, Madison Dubiski, Franco Patino, Jacob Jurinek, John Hilgert, Axel Acosta Avila, Brianna Rodriguez, Bharti Shahani and Ezra Blount.

“The combined toxic effects of cocaine, methamphetamine and ethanol,” were considered a contributing cause of Baig’s death, according to the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences, who said he would not release any further information at this time.

Lawyers representing some of the families of the victims said the report confirmed what they already knew.

“Axel was run over and killed that night by the mob, through no fault of his own. It is also important to note that Axel’s blood contained absolutely no intoxicants or the like,” Tony said. Buzbee, the lawyer for the Acosta family.

Acosta was a junior at Western Washington University and attended the concert alone.

“Jake and Franco were healthy, intelligent young men who didn’t deserve to die in such an unspeakable way. Now they know Jake and Franco were crushed to death,” said Philip Corboy, Jr., the lawyer. representing Jacob Jurinek and Franco. The Patino families.

“The only conclusion to be drawn from the medical examiner’s conclusions is that Travis Scott, Live Nation and the other defendants have created a horrific death trap and are responsible for the deaths of Jake and Franco,” he added.

Ezra Blount, 9, was the youngest victim. “The devastation of this news speaks for itself,” said Robert Hilliard, lawyer for the Blount family.

The lawyer representing Bharti Shahani’s family said the findings confirmed that she had suffered a “horrible death”.

“The last moments of their beloved daughter’s life were surely marked by suffering, panic and terror. It is a horrific and inescapable image that no parent should have to endure,” Jason Lassiter said in a statement.

Live Nation and ScoreMore deny negligence claims

More than 340 lawsuits have been filed in Harris County in connection with the tragedy. And there is an ongoing criminal investigation being conducted by the Houston Police Department. Most of the lawsuits allege that the defendants were negligent and set out to earn large sums of money from the concert.

But several entities from entertainment company Live Nation and ScoreMore, the concert’s promoter, have denied the allegations, according to court documents filed by lawyers for the companies.

“The defendants deny all of the allegations contained in the plaintiffs’ petition and demand strict proof from the plaintiffs by a preponderance of evidence,” the court document said.

In the aftermath of the tragedy, Live Nation and ScoreMore released a statement saying their entire team is “crying alongside the community” and cooperating with authorities.

Scott also denied any legal responsibility.
Seven of the 10 families of the victims had declined the musician’s offer to pay the funeral costs.
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