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Travis Scott’s “rager” concert in November results in ten deaths

On Saturday, November 6, 2021, ten people died during or shortly after American rapper Travis Scott’s set in Houston, Texas. At Scott’s direction and urging, the crowds in the mosh pit surged forward, which created a trapped environment where people could not breathe or escape. Eight people died at the scene, while one woman was rushed to the hospital and died on Thursday, November 11, and a 9-year-old died Sunday November 14. Additionally, at least 25 people were transported to the hospital. The victims were 9, 14, 16, two were 21, two were 23 and one was 27 years old. This incident occurred at Astroworld, Scott’s annual music festival at NRG Park.

Concert-goer Alexis Guavin, 23, told CNN, “Once (Scott) started, all hell broke loose…. All of what has to be 50,000 people ran to the front, compressing everyone together with the little air available.”

Scott issued a statement on Twitter, saying, “I am absolutely devastated by what took place last night. My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival. Houston PD has my total support as they continue to look into the tragic loss of life.”

Social media has blown up with eyewitness accounts from those who were at the concert. @seannafaith on instagram has a lengthy account of what her experience was like at the concert. She says that she was pushed into a “sinkhole” and there was a pile of “two people deep.”

Scott has yet to face criminal charges from Houston Police, but he and fellow rapper Drake, who was also at AstroWorld, are being sued for $750 million by concert-goers and the families of victims.

Scott has a reputation for his rap concerts being “ragers” and that aspect is part of the appeal for his fans and concert goers to “let loose.” This is not the first time Scott’s concerts have gotten out of control, but this is the first time there have been any fatalities. Scott has a history of inciting crowds into dangerous situations. “‘I wanna see some ragers, man,” Scott said at one point during his Astroworld set, according to Reuters. “Who wanna rage?’”

At Scott’s 2015 Lollapalooza performance, CNN reports, “‘The performer played one song and then began telling fans to come over the barricades,’ Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management said in a statement to WLS, a Chicago based radio station, at the time. ‘Due to the security’s quick response, the situation was remedied immediately and no fans were injured. The performer fled the scene and was taken into custody a short while later.’” Scott pleaded guilty to misdemeanor reckless conduct and was sentenced to one year of court supervision, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Scott’s second concert-related arrest occurred in 2017 after a show in Rogers, Arkansas, where he was charged with inciting a riot, disorderly conduct and endangering the welfare of a minor. Police said Scott ‘encouraged people to rush the stage and bypass the security protocols,’ which resulted in injuries. Two of the charges were dismissed in 2018, but Scott pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and paid over $6,800 to two people who said they were injured at his show, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette reported.

Scott’s girlfriend, Kylie Jenner, was also in attendance at the Houston concert with their 4-year-old daughter, Stormi. Jenner’s sister, Kendall, was also in attendance. They were escorted out of the venue as soon as they were notified of what was going on. Jenner’s instagram story from the night shows ambulances in the background. 

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