May 21, 2022
Benjamin Crump takes case of injured 9-year-old Astroworld attendee
The aunt of a 9-year-old boy who was injured at Friday's Astroworld music festival tragedy in Houston and left in a medically induced coma is speaking out, calling the packed concert “a death trap.”Ezra Blount was on his father’s shoulders at the concert. When concertgoers began to crush into each other, Treston Blount passed out…

The aunt of a 9-year-old boy who was injured at Friday’s Astroworld music festival tragedy in Houston and left in a medically induced coma is speaking out, calling the packed concert “a death trap.”

Ezra Blount was on his father’s shoulders at the concert. Treston Blount fell to the ground after concertgoers started colliding with each other. Ezra wasn’t there when he woke.

” The crowd went crazy, and Treston said, “I can’t breath.” Ezra’s aunt Taylor Blount said, “I can’t breath,” in an interview that aired Tuesday night on NBC’s TODAY.

The family called around to various hospitals until they finally found him at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Doctors stated that Ezra had suffered brain swelling and was in cardiac arrest either at the concert or while he was on his way to the hospital. Blount stated that Ezra is now in a coma to reduce brain and heart function to allow swelling to go down. He also said that Ezra has suffered damage to his liver, kidneys, and lungs.

Ezra Blount. TODAY

“He’s made it very far. Blount spoke highly of her nephew, saying that the doctor told them that he was not expected to make it the next day. However, it’s been how many days since then.

She is blaming concert organizers for not providing safety precautions. Having exits and more security. There are many things that could have prevented this. There is no excuse. Blount stated that it was a huge disappointment as it could have been avoided.

High-profile civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump said Monday night that he has been retained by Ezra’s parents. Crump claimed that Ezra was brain traumatized after he was trampled in his statement.

Crump stated that he would join Alex and Bob Hilliard from the Corpus Christi law office Hilliard Martinez Gonzalez Gonzalez to represent the child.

” The suffering this family is experiencing is incalculable,” Crump stated. Crump stated that this little boy had his entire life ahead of him, a life that is now in jeopardy due to the Astroworld Festival’s reckless mismanagement. “

The two-day festival, curated by rapper Travis Scott and organized by concert promoter Live Nation, was cut short Friday after the accident. Drake, a hip-hop superstar, made his first public statement following the tragedy.

” My heart breaks for the loved ones and friends who lost their lives, and for all those suffering,” he posted on Instagram late Monday. “I will continue praying for them all and will serve in any way that I can. “

In all, there were eight deaths and many more injuries in the chaos.

If a lawsuit materializes, it would be one of nearly 20 announced or filed over deaths and injuries at the NRG Park event.

Benjamin Crump via MSNBC

In a statement Monday morning, Live Nation said it will “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. “

Sources close to Scott have said he plans to pay for the funeral expenses of the dead and will give refunds to ticket holders.

“I could never imagine anything like this just happening,” Scott said in an Instagram story Saturday. “My fans mean the world to my, and I want them to have a great experience. If I could see… what’s happening, I would stop the show and help them. “

Dennis Romero writes for NBC News and is based in Los Angeles.

Marlene Lenthang

Marlene Lenthang is a breaking news reporter for NBC News Digital.

Hayley Walker

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