Some Families of Astroworld Mob Victims Turn Down Travis Scott’s Offer for Funeral – CBS Dallas/Fort Worth

Houston (CBSDFW.COM/AP) Several families of 10 who were injured in a massive crowd at the Astroworld festival have turned down headliner Travis Scott’s offer to pay for the funeral costs of their loved ones.

Lawyers for the families of four of the victims said on Tuesday, November 30, that they had received a letter from Scott’s lawyer, Daniel Petroselli, offering the offer.

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In a letter sent on November 24 to lawyers for the family of 9-year-old Ezra Blount, Petroselli said that Scott extended his “deepest sympathy and condolences” to Ezra’s father, Trestan Blount, and wanted Scott to reach out personally. “But don’t want to interfere with Mr. Blount’s privacy during the mourning.”

Ezra was the youngest person to die from injuries sustained during Scott’s concert at the November 5 sell-out festival, which was attended by 50,000 people. Others who died ranged in age from 14 to 27. Around 300 people were treated at the festival site and 13 were hospitalised.

“Travis is devastated by the tragedy that occurred at the Astroworld Festival and grieve for the families whose loved ones died or were injured. Travis is committed to helping families who are suffering in the Houston community.” and are committed to starting the long process of healing,” Petroselli wrote.

In his reply, Robert Hilliard, an attorney representing Treston Blount in a lawsuit against Scott, the concert promoter and others, declined the offer, stating that while he believed Scott should Regrets, Scott should see that “he bears some responsibility for this. Tragedy.”

“And maybe one day, once time allows for some healing for the victims and acceptance of responsibility by Mr Scott and others, Treston and Mr Scott can meet – because there is healing in that too,” Hilliard said. “For now, Mr. Scott must respect the fact that his pain and his devastation have faded for Treston, Ezra’s mother, and the other victims.”

Petroselli did not immediately return calls or emails seeking comment on Tuesday.

Michael Lyon, a lawyer for the family of 27-year-old Mirza “Danish” Baig, said he was considering the proposal to pay the cost of the funeral was partly a PR to “soften people” in the court of plebiscite. See it as a trick. , He said Baig’s family turned down the offer.

“Sadly, for my clients, a check from Travis Scott … is not going to relieve the aches and pains they are currently experiencing,” Leon said. “I think it will only make it worse.”

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Richard Mithoff, 14-year-old John Hilgert’s family lawyer, also declined Scott’s offer.

Valerie Cortinas Fischer, 23-year-old Rodolfo “Rudy” Pea’s family attorney, said her clients are unhappy and have not yet considered Scott’s proposal.

Pea’s family, who hails from Laredo, Texas, traveled to Houston on Monday to visit a memorial site where the concert was held.

Rodolfo Pea’s mother, Maria de Los Angeles Pea, remembered her son as a happy person who loved life and was a good student.

“I want to say to the world, take care of your children, pray for them, see where they go, and Travis Scott, God bless him. How is earthly law, divine law too,” she said.

Tony Buzby, who is representing the family of 21-year-old Axel Acosta vila, said in an email on Tuesday that he had received a voicemail from a lawyer, not Petroselli, who was offering to pay for funeral expenses. Was.

“The offer made did not warrant a response,” Buzby said.

Lawyers for the families of others killed at the festival did not immediately return emails or calls seeking comment.

Scott and the organizers of the event are the focus of a criminal investigation by Houston Police. No timetable has been set as to when the investigation will be completed.

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