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Eight dead, 10-year-old critical following crowd surge at Astroworld festival in Houston

Eight dead, 10-year-old critical following crowd surge at Astroworld festival in Houston

Two teenagers were among the eight victims who died after a crowd surge Friday night during rapper Travis Scott’s

sold-out Astroworld music festival in Houston, officials said.

The identities of the eight people have not yet been releas, but Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said Saturday

that one of the victims was 14, one was 16, two were 21, two were 23, one was 27 and one person’s age has not been determine.

Only six of the families have been notified:

Of the 25 people who were taken to hospitals, 13 remained hospitalized Saturday, and five of the injured are under 18, Turner said.

A 10-year-old among the injured is in critical condition.

More than 300 people were also treated throughout the event Friday at an on-site field hospital, officials said.

The chaotic scene unfolded around 9:15 p.m. local time (10:15 p.m. ET) when “the crowd began to compress toward the front of the stage,” Fire Chief Samuel Peña said at a news conference early Saturday.

“That caused some panic, and it started causing some injuries. People began to fall out,

Become unconscious, and it created additional panic

he said, adding that a cause of death was not yet known for the eight victims but would be determine.

Around 50,000 people were at the festival at NRG Park, which was host by Scott.

Officials said Saturday that 528 Houston Police Department officers provided security at the event and an

additional 755 private security officers were provided by the entertainment company Live Nation.

Scott said he was “absolutely devastated” about what happen.

“My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival,” he said in a tweet on Saturday.

“Houston PD has my total support as they continue to look into the tragic loss of life.”

“I am committed to working together with the Houston community to heal and support the families in need,” he add.

The festival, which is in its third year, kicked off Friday and was expect to be a two-day event,

but officials said Saturday’s lineup had been cancel.

An NRG Park spokesperson said they were “deeply saddened by the heartbreaking loss of life and pain experienced by all those impacted by this tragedy.”

“We are fully cooperating and working closely with police and local authorities as they investigate how this

At least eight dead, dozens injured after ‘panic’ at Houston’s ‘Astroworld’ music festival

One 16-year-old festivalgoer, who did not want to be identifi, said the crowd began to push back and forth during a countdown around 8:30 p.m

“I couldn’t even stand or breathe or anything,

and I’m 6 feet tall and I was having to look up to the sky just to breathe before the show even started,” he said.

“As the countdown was going to zero, it didn’t make it through one full song before people just started collapsing and falling back.”

The teen, who was at the show with his brothers, said roughly 30 people were “dogpile” on each other and screaming for help.”

“People at the bottom were definitely suffocating,” he said.

“I got bruises on me, my thumb is still numb,” he said. “I thought I was going to die. It was literally like survival of the fittest.

I’ve never seen grown men fighting for their life like that.”

He was able to slip out of the pile and get to safety. He said he saw two or three bodies on the ground and heard others screaming,

Alleighya Odom, 21, was also at the concert and said that the tightly packed crowd “was like this force on my back, this continuous force.”

“It was scary, like, genuinely,” Odom said.

“I started looking around, and there’s people on the ground. There’s people looking at me, like, scared, eyes

wild, like, ‘Please help me,'” she continued.

Scott had stopped the show multiple times to request assistance for fans, she added.

Footage posted on social media also showed the rapper pausing his performance, and The Houston Chronicle reported

the artist halted his act a number of times throughout the show after spotting fans in distress near the stage.

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